FAIRY TALES By The Brothers Grimm

PREPARER'S NOTE The text is based on translations from the Grimms' Kinder und Hausmarchen by Edgar Taylor and Marian Edwardes.




THE GOLDEN BIRD A certain king had a beautiful garden, and in the garden stood a tree which bore golden apples. These apples were always counted, and about the time when they began to grow ripe it was found that every night one of them was gone. The king became very angry at this, and ordered the gardener to keep watch all night under the tree. The gardener set his eldest son to watch; but about twelve o'clock he fell asleep, and in the morning another of the apples was missing. Then the second son was ordered to watch; and at midnight he too fell asleep, and in the morning another apple was gone. Then the third son offered to keep watch; but

the gardener at first would not let him, for fear some harm should come to him: however, at last he consented, and the young man laid himself under the tree to watch. As the clock struck twelve he heard a rustling noise in the air, and a bird came flying that was of pure gold; and as it was snapping at one of the apples with its beak, the gardener's son jumped up and shot an arrow at it. But the arrow did the bird no harm; only it dropped a golden feather from its tail, and then flew away. The golden feather was brought to the king in the morning, and all the council was called together. Everyone agreed that it was worth more than all the wealth of the kingdom: but the king said, 'One feather is of no use to me, I must have the whole bird.' Then the gardener's eldest son set out and thought to find the golden bird very easily; and when he had gone but a little way, he came to a wood, and by the side of the wood he saw a fox sitting; so he took his bow and made ready to shoot at it. Then the fox said, 'Do not shoot me, for I will give you good counsel; I know what your business is, and that you want to find the golden bird. You will reach a village in the evening; and when you get there, you will see two inns opposite to each other, one of which is very pleasant and beautiful to look at: go not in there, but rest for the night in the other, though it may appear to you to be very poor and mean.' But the son thought to himself, 'What can such a beast as this know about the matter?' So he shot his arrow at the fox; but he missed it, and it set up its tail above its back and ran into the wood. Then he went his way, and in the evening came to the village where the two inns were; and in one of these were people singing, and dancing, and feasting; but the other looked very dirty, and poor. 'I should be very silly,' said he, 'if I went to that shabby house, and left this charming place'; so he went into the smart house, and ate and drank at his ease, and forgot the bird, and his country too. Time passed on; and as the eldest son did not come back, and no tidings were heard of him, the second son set out, and the same thing happened to him. He met the fox, who gave him the good advice: but when he came to the two inns, his eldest brother was standing at the window where the merrymaking was, and called to him to come in; and he could not withstand the temptation, but went in, and forgot the golden bird and his country in the same manner. Time passed on again, and the youngest son too wished to set out into the wide world to seek for the golden bird; but his father would not listen to it for a long while, for he was very fond of his son, and was afraid that some ill luck might happen to him also, and prevent his coming back. However, at last it was agreed he should go, for he would not rest at home; and as he came to the wood, he met the fox, and heard the same good counsel. But he was thankful to the fox, and did not

attempt his life as his brothers had done; so the fox said, 'Sit upon my tail, and you will travel faster.' So he sat down, and the fox began to run, and away they went over stock and stone so quick that their hair whistled in the wind. When they came to the village, the son followed the fox's counsel, and without looking about him went to the shabby inn and rested there all night at his ease. In the morning came the fox again and met him as he was beginning his journey, and said, 'Go straight forward, till you come to a castle, before which lie a whole troop of soldiers fast asleep and snoring: take no notice of them, but go into the castle and pass on and on till you come to a room, where the golden bird sits in a wooden cage; close by it stands a beautiful golden cage; but do not try to take the bird out of the shabby cage and put it into the handsome one, otherwise you will repent it.' Then the fox stretched out his tail again, and the young man sat himself down, and away they went over stock and stone till their hair whistled in the wind. Before the castle gate all was as the fox had said: so the son went in and found the chamber where the golden bird hung in a wooden cage, and below stood the golden cage, and the three golden apples that had been lost were lying close by it. Then thought he to himself, 'It will be a very droll thing to bring away such a fine bird in this shabby cage'; so he opened the door and took hold of it and put it into the golden cage. But the bird set up such a loud scream that all the soldiers awoke, and they took him prisoner and carried him before the king. The next morning the court sat to judge him; and when all was heard, it sentenced him to die, unless he should bring the king the golden horse which could run as swiftly as the wind; and if he did this, he was to have the golden bird given him for his own. So he set out once more on his journey, sighing, and in great despair, when on a sudden his friend the fox met him, and said, 'You see now what has happened on account of your not listening to my counsel. I will still, however, tell you how to find the golden horse, if you will do as I bid you. You must go straight on till you come to the castle where the horse stands in his stall: by his side will lie the groom fast asleep and snoring: take away the horse quietly, but be sure to put the old leathern saddle upon him, and not the golden one that is close by it.' Then the son sat down on the fox's tail, and away they went over stock and stone till their hair whistled in the wind. All went right, and the groom lay snoring with his hand upon the golden saddle. But when the son looked at the horse, he thought it a great pity to put the leathern saddle upon it. 'I will give him the good one,' said he; 'I am sure he deserves it.' As he took up the golden saddle the

groom awoke and cried out so loud, that all the guards ran in and took him prisoner, and in the morning he was again brought before the court to be judged, and was sentenced to die. But it was agreed, that, if he could bring thither the beautiful princess, he should live, and have the bird and the horse given him for his own. Then he went his way very sorrowful; but the old fox came and said, 'Why did not you listen to me? If you had, you would have carried away both the bird and the horse; yet will I once more give you counsel. Go straight on, and in the evening you will arrive at a castle. At twelve o'clock at night the princess goes to the bathing-house: go up to her and give her a kiss, and she will let you lead her away; but take care you do not suffer her to go and take leave of her father and mother.' Then the fox stretched out his tail, and so away they went over stock and stone till their hair whistled again. As they came to the castle, all was as the fox had said, and at twelve o'clock the young man met the princess going to the bath and gave her the kiss, and she agreed to run away with him, but begged with many tears that he would let her take leave of her father. At first he refused, but she wept still more and more, and fell at his feet, till at last he consented; but the moment she came to her father's house the guards awoke and he was taken prisoner again. Then he was brought before the king, and the king said, 'You shall never have my daughter unless in eight days you dig away the hill that stops the view from my window.' Now this hill was so big that the whole world could not take it away: and when he had worked for seven days, and had done very little, the fox came and said. 'Lie down and go to sleep; I will work for you.' And in the morning he awoke and the hill was gone; so he went merrily to the king, and told him that now that it was removed he must give him the princess. Then the king was obliged to keep his word, and away went the young man and the princess; and the fox came and said to him, 'We will have all three, the princess, the horse, and the bird.' 'Ah!' said the young man, 'that would be a great thing, but how can you contrive it?' 'If you will only listen,' said the fox, 'it can be done. When you come to the king, and he asks for the beautiful princess, you must say, "Here she is!" Then he will be very joyful; and you will mount the golden horse that they are to give you, and put out your hand to take leave of them; but shake hands with the princess last. Then lift her quickly on to the horse behind you; clap your spurs to his side, and gallop away as fast as you can.'

All went right: then the fox said, 'When you come to the castle where the bird is, I will stay with the princess at the door, and you will ride in and speak to the king; and when he sees that it is the right horse, he will bring out the bird; but you must sit still, and say that you want to look at it, to see whether it is the true golden bird; and when you get it into your hand, ride away.' This, too, happened as the fox said; they carried off the bird, the princess mounted again, and they rode on to a great wood. Then the fox came, and said, 'Pray kill me, and cut off my head and my feet.' But the young man refused to do it: so the fox said, 'I will at any rate give you good counsel: beware of two things; ransom no one from the gallows, and sit down by the side of no river.' Then away he went. 'Well,' thought the young man, 'it is no hard matter to keep that advice.' He rode on with the princess, till at last he came to the village where he had left his two brothers. And there he heard a great noise and uproar; and when he asked what was the matter, the people said, 'Two men are going to be hanged.' As he came nearer, he saw that the two men were his brothers, who had turned robbers; so he said, 'Cannot they in any way be saved?' But the people said 'No,' unless he would bestow all his money upon the rascals and buy their liberty. Then he did not stay to think about the matter, but paid what was asked, and his brothers were given up, and went on with him towards their home. And as they came to the wood where the fox first met them, it was so cool and pleasant that the two brothers said, 'Let us sit down by the side of the river, and rest a while, to eat and drink.' So he said, 'Yes,' and forgot the fox's counsel, and sat down on the side of the river; and while he suspected nothing, they came behind, and threw him down the bank, and took the princess, the horse, and the bird, and went home to the king their master, and said. 'All this have we won by our labour.' Then there was great rejoicing made; but the horse would not eat, the bird would not sing, and the princess wept. The youngest son fell to the bottom of the river's bed: luckily it was nearly dry, but his bones were almost broken, and the bank was so steep that he could find no way to get out. Then the old fox came once more, and scolded him for not following his advice; otherwise no evil would have befallen him: 'Yet,' said he, 'I cannot leave you here, so lay hold of my tail and hold fast.' Then he pulled him out of the river, and said to him, as he got upon the bank, 'Your brothers have set watch to kill you, if they find you in the kingdom.' So he dressed himself as a poor man, and came secretly to the king's court, and was scarcely within the doors when the horse began to eat, and the bird to sing, and princess left off weeping. Then he went to the king, and told him all his

brothers' roguery; and they were seized and punished, and he had the princess given to him again; and after the king's death he was heir to his kingdom. A long while after, he went to walk one day in the wood, and the old fox met him, and besought him with tears in his eyes to kill him, and cut off his head and feet. And at last he did so, and in a moment the fox was changed into a man, and turned out to be the brother of the princess, who had been lost a great many many years.

HANS IN LUCK Some men are born to good luck: all they do or try to do comes right--all that falls to them is so much gain--all their geese are swans--all their cards are trumps--toss them which way you will, they will always, like poor puss, alight upon their legs, and only move on so much the faster. The world may very likely not always think of them as they think of themselves, but what care they for the world? what can it know about the matter? One of these lucky beings was neighbour Hans. Seven long years he had worked hard for his master. At last he said, 'Master, my time is up; I must go home and see my poor mother once more: so pray pay me my wages and let me go.' And the master said, 'You have been a faithful and good servant, Hans, so your pay shall be handsome.' Then he gave him a lump of silver as big as his head. Hans took out his pocket-handkerchief, put the piece of silver into it, threw it over his shoulder, and jogged off on his road homewards. As he went lazily on, dragging one foot after another, a man came in sight, trotting gaily along on a capital horse. 'Ah!' said Hans aloud, 'what a fine thing it is to ride on horseback! There he sits as easy and happy as if he was at home, in the chair by his fireside; he trips against no stones, saves shoe-leather, and gets on he hardly knows how.' Hans did not speak so softly but the horseman heard it all, and said, 'Well, friend, why do you go on foot then?' 'Ah!' said he, 'I have this load to carry: to be sure it is silver, but it is so heavy that I can't hold up my head, and you must know it hurts my shoulder sadly.' 'What do you say of making an exchange?' said the horseman. 'I will give you my horse, and you shall give me the silver; which will save you a great deal of trouble in carrying such a heavy load about with you.' 'With all my heart,' said Hans: 'but as you are so kind to me, I must tell you one thing--you will have a weary task to draw that silver about with you.'

and cheese. eat my butter and cheese with it. when a man has the luck to get upon a beast like this that stumbles and flings him off as if it would break his neck. 'I can find a cure for this. he began to be so hot and parched that his tongue clave to the roof of his mouth. wished Hans and the cow good morning. and have milk. and when I am thirsty I can milk my cow and drink the milk: and what can I wish for more?' When he came to an inn. gave him the bridle into one hand and the whip into the other. One can walk along at one's leisure behind that cow--keep good company. When he had rested himself he set off again. by the by. which. and has spoiled my best coat. I'm off now once for all: I like your cow now a great deal better than this smart beast that played me this trick. and said to the shepherd. and said. so he smacked his lips and cried 'Jip!' Away went the horse full gallop. His horse would have ran off. into the bargain. smack your lips loudly together. and before Hans knew what he was about. and then drove off his cow quietly. butter.' said the shepherd. whenever I like. and gave away his last penny for a glass of beer. Hans brushed his coat. ate up all his bread. and rode merrily off. 'if you are so fond of her. I will change my cow for your horse. Then the shepherd jumped upon the horse. But the heat grew greater as soon as noon came on. had not stopped it. 'When you want to go very fast. the horseman got off. wiped his face and hands. merrily.' 'Done!' said Hans. Sing neigh down derry!' After a time he thought he should like to go a little faster. 'If I have only a piece of bread (and I certainly shall always be able to get that). Hans soon came to himself. sadly vexed. till at last. and another singing. if a shepherd who was coming by. and away he rode. even though I lose by it myself. 'No care and no sorrow. as he found himself on a wide heath that would take him more than an hour to cross. I like to do good to my neighbours. rested a while. turned out his toes. and cry "Jip!"' Hans was delighted as he sat on the horse. driving a cow. squared his elbows. you see. in this puddle. What would I give to have such a prize!' 'Well. and thought his bargain a very lucky one. and got upon his legs again. helped Hans up. A fig for the morrow! We'll laugh and be merry. one minute whistling a merry tune. smells not very like a nosegay.' thought . every day. driving his cow towards his mother's village. he was thrown off. 'This riding is no joke. cracked his whip. I can. and lay on his back by the road-side. drew himself up.However. he halted. 'What a noble heart that good man has!' thought he. took the silver. However.

'Feel. how he had so many good bargains. I was . and all seemed now to go right with him: he had met with some misfortunes. drink and refresh yourself. when one is asked to do a kind. While he was trying his luck in milking. and at last gave him such a kick on the head as knocked him down. my man?' said the butcher.' said he. If it were a pig now--like that fat gentleman you are driving along at his ease--one could do something with it. it is not tender enough for me. and taking the pig off the wheel-barrow. and how all the world went gay and smiling with him. but found the cow was dry too. your cow will give you no milk: don't you see she is an old beast. this led to further chat. and said he was going to take the goose to a christening. In the village I just came from. it has lived so well!' 'You're right. as he helped him up. and give me only a dry cow! If I kill her. neighbourly thing. So on he jogged. Whoever roasts and eats it will find plenty of fat upon it. and held his leathern cap to milk into. 'how heavy it is. was all that time utterly dry? Hans had not thought of looking to that. and give you my fine fat pig for the cow.he. Luckily a butcher soon came by. and Hans told him all his luck.' Meantime the countryman began to look grave. 'There. 'I don't like to say no. and wanted to milk his cow. 'my worthy friend. which was to bring him milk and butter and cheese. to be sure.' said the butcher. and there he lay a long while senseless. Your pig may get you into a scrape. the uneasy beast began to think him very troublesome. Hans told him what had happened. good for nothing but the slaughter-house?' 'Alas. what will she be good for? I hate cow-beef. drove it away. holding it by the string that was tied to its leg. how he was dry. it would at any rate make sausages.' said Hans. but not a drop was to be had. Who would have thought that this cow. 'but if you talk of fat. alas!' said Hans. and shook his head. you seem a good sort of fellow.' 'Well. so I can't help doing you a kind turn. and yet it is only eight weeks old. 'What is the matter with you. The countryman than began to tell his tale. and managing the matter very clumsily. How could it be otherwise with such a travelling companion as he had at last got? The next man he met was a countryman carrying a fine white goose. saying. To please you I will change. 'who would have thought it? What a shame to take my horse. the squire has had a pig stolen out of his sty. 'now I will milk my cow and quench my thirst': so he tied her to the stump of a tree. as he gave the butcher the cow. as he weighed it in his hand. driving a pig in a wheelbarrow. 'Hark ye!' said he. Then the butcher gave him a flask of ale. The countryman stopped to ask what was o'clock.' 'Heaven reward you for your kindness and self-denial!' said Hans. my pig is no trifle. but he was now well repaid for all.

indeed! 'Tis not everyone would do so much for you as that. I know nothing of where the pig was either bred or born. and then I am sure I shall sleep soundly without rocking. while Hans went on the way homewards free from care.' 'And where did you get the pig?' 'I gave a cow for it. Here is one that is but little the worse for wear: I would not ask more than the value of your goose for it--will you buy?' 'How can you ask?' said Hans. 'After all. master grinder! you seem so happy at your work. and then there are all the beautiful white feathers.' cried he. then the fat will find me in goose-grease for six months. 'that chap is pretty well taken in. I will not be hard upon you. The least they will do will be to throw you into the horse-pond. it will be a bad job for you. he saw a scissor-grinder with his wheel. 'give a fat goose for a pig. How happy my mother will be! Talk of a pig. I will put them into my pillow. First there will be a capital roast.' 'And the cow?' 'I gave a horse for it. and they catch you. indeed! Give me a fine fat goose. but wherever it came from it has been a very good friend to me.' 'Yes. 'now if you could find money in your pocket whenever you put your hand in it.' 'Very true: but how is that to be managed?' 'How? Why. I don't care whose pig it is. as you are in trouble.' said the countryman. you must turn grinder like myself. However. Work light and live well. and drove off the pig by a side path. 'mine is a golden trade. 'O'er hill and o'er dale So happy I roam.' Then he took the string in his hand.' 'And the horse?' 'I gave a lump of silver as big as my head for it. If you have. if I could have money .dreadfully afraid when I saw you that you had got the squire's pig. 'Good man. Then who so blythe. take my pig and give me the goose. your fortune would be made. 'you only want a grindstone. 'You must be well off.' thought he.' said the grinder. but he may have been the squire's for aught I can tell: you know this country better than I do.' said the other.' 'I ought to have something into the bargain. working and singing. 'I should be the happiest man in the world. and at last said. I gave a pig for it.' 'You have thriven well in the world hitherto.' 'And the silver?' 'Oh! I worked hard for that seven long years.' said the other. I have much the best of the bargain. 'pray get me out of this scrape.' As he came to the next village. All the world is my home. a good grinder never puts his hand into his pocket without finding money in it--but where did you get that beautiful goose?' 'I did not buy it. so merry as I?' Hans stood looking on for a while. the rest will come of itself. Can you swim?' Poor Hans was sadly frightened.

which she would not do till he had given her his word never to come there again: but when any pretty maiden came within that space she was changed into a bird. and in the castle lived an old fairy. There were seven hundred of these cages hanging in the castle. and down it rolled. 'nobody was ever so lucky as I.' 'Now. and again fell upon his knees and thanked Heaven. and all with . as he stooped down to drink.' Then up he got with a light heart. for its kindness in taking away his only plague. or crept about the country like a cat. All the day long she flew about in the form of an owl. for the stone tired him sadly: and he dragged himself to the side of a river. and hungry too. and giving me good bargains. and the fairy put her into a cage. 'this is a most capital stone. and you can make an old nail cut with it.' said the grinder. that stood in the middle of a deep gloomy wood. When any young man came within a hundred paces of her castle. 'How happy am I!' cried he. with tears in his eyes. do but work it well enough. and told her how very easy the road to good luck was. and walked on till he reached his mother's house. 'Surely I must have been born in a lucky hour. So he laid the stone carefully by his side on the bank: but. People are so kind.' Meantime he began to be tired. as he gave him a common rough stone that lay by his side. and rest a while. the ugly heavy stone. they seem really to think I do them a favour in letting them make me rich. then sprang up and danced for joy. Now this fairy could take any shape she pleased. and could not move a step till she came and set him free. and went his way with a light heart: his eyes sparkled for joy. he forgot it. but at night she always became an old woman again. plump into the stream. JORINDA AND JORINDEL There was once an old castle. For a while he watched it sinking in the deep clear water.' Hans took the stone. he became quite fixed. and hung her up in a chamber in the castle. At last he could go no farther. and he said to himself. pushed it a little. everything I could want or wish for comes of itself. free from all his troubles. for he had given away his last penny in his joy at getting the cow. that he might take a drink of water.whenever I put my hand in my pocket: what could I want more? there's the goose.

and both felt sad. and trembled. 'We must take care that we don't go too near to the fairy's castle.' It was a beautiful evening. and a moment after the old fairy came forth pale and meagre. 'The ring-dove sang from the willow spray. without knowing it.beautiful birds in them. and the turtle-doves sang from the tall birches. and a nose and chin that almost met one another. and a shepherd lad. turned pale. Jorinda sat down to gaze upon the sun. Poor Jorindel saw the nightingale was gone--but what could he do? He could not speak. was very fond of her. the last rays of the setting sun shone bright through the long stems of the trees upon the green underwood beneath. with staring eyes. Jorindel turned to see the reason. And now the sun went quite down. but it seemed as if they were to be parted from one another for ever. the owl flew into a bush. She mumbled something to herself. They had wandered a long way. the gloomy night came. Well-a-day!' when her song stopped suddenly. and they were soon to be married. She was prettier than all the pretty girls that ever were seen before. sat down close under the old walls of the castle. and Jorindel said. and saw through the bushes that they had. seized the nightingale. and beheld his Jorinda changed into a nightingale. nor stir hand or foot. An owl with fiery eyes flew three times round them. that they might be alone. nor speak. One day they went to walk in the wood. Now there was once a maiden whose name was Jorinda. and went away with it in her hand. they found themselves at a loss to know what path to take. Then he shrank for fear. he stood fixed as a stone. Jorindel sat by her side. whose name was Jorindel. and when they looked to see which way they should go home. Well-a-day! Well-a-day! He mourn'd for the fate of his darling mate. so that her song ended with a mournful _jug. and already half of its circle had sunk behind the hill: Jorindel on a sudden looked behind him. he could not move from the spot where he stood. Jorinda was just singing. jug_. and three times screamed: 'Tu whu! Tu whu! Tu whu!' Jorindel could not move. they knew not why. At last the fairy came back and sang with a hoarse . and could neither weep. The sun was setting fast.

'what will become of me?' He could not go back to his own home. with the seven hundred birds singing in the seven hundred cages. He walked nearer than a hundred paces to it. and went with it in his hand into the castle. 'Alas!' he said. Then he plucked the flower. and eight long days he sought for it in vain: but on the ninth day. Many a time did he walk round and round as near to the hated castle as he dared go. He ran or flew after her. Then he touched the door with the flower. and was making the best of her way off through the door. as big as a costly pearl. stay! When the charm is around her. and yet he did not become fixed as before. and how then should he find out which was his Jorinda? While he was thinking what to do. so that he went in through the court. but all in vain.voice: 'Till the prisoner is fast. he found the beautiful purple flower. touched . early in the morning. He prayed. and listened when he heard so many birds singing. In the morning when he awoke. and that everything he touched with it was disenchanted. and prayed her to give him back his dear Jorinda: but she laughed at him. but alas! there were many. Then he fell on his knees before the fairy. He looked around at the birds. and in the middle of it was a large dewdrop. At last he dreamt one night that he found a beautiful purple flower. but she could not come within two yards of him. and said he should never see her again. he heard or saw nothing of Jorinda. When she saw Jorindel she was very angry. he saw the fairy had taken down one of the cages. but all in vain. Hie away! away!' On a sudden Jorindel found himself free. he sorrowed. and set out and travelled day and night. but found that he could go quite close up to the door. then she went her way. and that there he found his Jorinda again. till he came again to the castle. At last he came to the chamber where the fairy sat. There stay! Oh. And the spell has bound her. and employed himself in keeping sheep. and screamed with rage. many nightingales. for the flower he held in his hand was his safeguard. he began to search over hill and dale for this pretty flower. And her doom is cast. and that in the middle of it lay a costly pearl. so he went to a strange village. and it sprang open. he wept. Jorindel was very glad indeed to see this. and he dreamt that he plucked the flower.

and had rather lie at my ease by the fire than run about the house after the mice. 'how can one be in good spirits when one's life is in danger? Because I am beginning to grow old. and they jogged on together. so I ran away. and he took Jorinda home. but what can I do to earn my livelihood?' 'Hark ye!' said the ass. where they were married. as beautiful as when they walked together in the wood. because I am old and weak. His master therefore was tired of keeping him and began to think of putting an end to him. 'Pray. and screaming out with all his might and main. so that they all took their old forms again. much longer than they liked. took himself slyly off. and can no longer make myself useful to him in hunting. 'I may turn musician. THE TRAVELLING MUSICIANS An honest farmer had once an ass that had been a faithful servant to him a great many years. and may make your fortune as a musician. me!' said the cat. and try what you can do in the same way?' The dog said he was willing. and joined the party. 'I am going to the great city to turn musician: suppose you go with me.' said the ass. and threw her arms round his neck looking as beautiful as ever. 'what's the matter with you? You look quite out of spirits!' 'Ah. and was going to drown me. but the ass. 'my master was going to knock me on the head. Soon afterwards.' The cat was pleased with the thought.' After he had travelled a little way. 'by all means go with us to the great city. he spied a dog lying by the roadside and panting as if he were tired. my mistress laid hold of me. you are a good night singer. my friend?' said the ass.' 'Oh. . Then he touched all the other birds with the flower.the cage with the flower.' said the ass. but was now growing old and every day more and more unfit for work. 'What makes you pant so. whose maidens had been forced to sing in the old fairy's cages by themselves. and Jorinda stood before him. and began his journey towards the great city. my good lady. I do not know what I am to live upon.' thought he. and lived happily together many years: and so did a good many other lads. as they were passing by a farmyard. 'For there. and though I have been lucky enough to get away from her. who saw that some mischief was in the wind. They had not gone far before they saw a cat sitting in the middle of the road and making a most rueful face. they saw a cock perched upon a gate. 'Alas!' said the dog.

pray what is all this about?' 'Why.' said the ass. he saw afar off something bright and shining and calling to his companions said. the cat mewed.' said the ass. the dog barked. 'if we could only get in'. looked out on all sides of him to see that everything was well. however. 'come with us Master Chanticleer. I see a table spread with all kinds of good things. When all was ready a signal was given. for our lodging is not the best in the world!' 'Besides. Donkey.' said the cock. so come along with us.' So they walked off together towards the spot where Chanticleer had seen the light.' 'That would be a noble lodging for us. amongst the broken glass. The ass. the dog got upon his back. with his forefeet resting against the window.' 'With all my heart. and then.' said the cock: so they all four went on jollily together. our travellers soon sat down and dispatched what . with a most hideous clatter! The robbers. 'Well. or a bit of meat. 'I was just now saying that we should have fine weather for our washing-day. 'I should not be the worse for a bone or two. and came tumbling into the room. who knows? If we care to sing in tune. for I see a light. marched up to the window and peeped in. 'Why. than staying here to have your head cut off! Besides.' said Chanticleer. 'upon my word.'Bravo!' said the ass. had now no doubt that some frightful hobgoblin had broken in upon them. and the cat climbed up into the branches. so they consulted together how they should contrive to get the robbers out. who had been not a little frightened by the opening concert. and they began their music. The coast once clear. thinking that the higher he sat the safer he should be. and then they all broke through the window at once. before he went to sleep. The ass placed himself upright on his hind legs. it will be better. at any rate. reach the great city the first day. so when night came on. 'Yes. flew up to the very top of the tree. while the cock. The ass and the dog laid themselves down under a great tree. being the tallest of the company. 'we had better change our quarters. 'There must be a house no great way off. and at last they hit upon a plan. They could not. but threaten to cut off my head tomorrow. we may get up some kind of a concert. according to his custom. till they at last came close to a house in which a gang of robbers lived. In doing this. and make broth of me for the guests that are coming on Sunday!' 'Heaven forbid!' said the ass. 'what do you see?' 'What do I see?' replied the ass. and the cock screamed. they went into a wood to sleep. and the cock flew up and sat upon the cat's head. you make a famous noise. and scampered away as fast as they could. The ass brayed. and yet my mistress and the cook don't thank me for my pains. the cat scrambled up to the dog's shoulders. and robbers sitting round it making merry.' said the cock.' 'If that be the case.' added the dog. and as they drew near it became larger and brighter.

At this the robber ran back as fast as he could to his comrades. crowed with all his might. I dare say. he mistook them for live coals. 'he has not a tooth in his head. and away he ran to the back door.' But his wife said. but the musicians were so pleased with their quarters that they took up their abode there. and the thieves don't care for him at all. but then he did it to earn his livelihood. sprang at his face. and we ought to give him a livelihood for the rest of his days. and. . OLD SULTAN A shepherd had a faithful dog. how a man with a knife in his hand had hidden himself behind the door. and how the devil had sat upon the top of the house and cried out. and each once more sought out a resting-place to his own liking. and scratched at him. 'Throw the rascal up here!' After this the robbers never dared to go back to the house. and there they are. for he is of no use now. they put out the lights. went to see what was going on. called Sultan. and then. 'Pray let the poor faithful creature live. and told the captain how a horrid witch had got into the house. the cat rolled herself up on the hearth before the warm ashes. 'I will shoot old Sultan tomorrow morning. at this very day. as they were all rather tired with their journey. and had lost all his teeth. who was bolder than the rest. and had spat at him and scratched his face with her long bony fingers. and one of them. espying the glittering fiery eyes of the cat. he has served us well a great many years. when the robbers saw from afar that the lights were out and that all seemed quiet. and the cock. and groped about till he found a match in order to light a candle. who had been awakened by the noise. the dog stretched himself upon a mat behind the door. Finding everything still. he marched into the kitchen. they began to think that they had been in too great a hurry to run away. but there the dog jumped up and bit him in the leg. and as he was crossing over the yard the ass kicked him. The donkey laid himself down upon a heap of straw in the yard. and held the match to them to light it. But the cat.the robbers had left. who was grown very old. But about midnight. And one day when the shepherd and his wife were standing together before the house the shepherd said. not understanding this joke. This frightened him dreadfully. they soon fell asleep. and stabbed him in the leg. and the cock perched upon a beam on the top of the house. and spat. to be sure he has served us. with as much eagerness as if they had not expected to eat again for a month. As soon as they had satisfied themselves. how a black monster stood in the yard and struck him with a club.' 'But what can we do with him?' said the shepherd.

but Sultan soon overtook him.' However. she stuck up her tail straight in the air. you must tell no tales. and was very much frightened to think tomorrow would be his last day. and how his master meant to kill him in the morning. 'Now. Soon afterwards the wolf came and wished him joy. Then the shepherd patted him on the head. goes out every morning very early with his wife into the field. The wolf and the wild boar were first on the ground. Your master. The wolf ran with the child a little way. and accordingly so it was managed.' Poor Sultan. and I will come out of the wood and run away with it. Now do you lie down close by the child. and they take their little child with them. they thought she was carrying a sword for Sultan to . and when the wolf was busy looking out for a good fat sheep. and will be so thankful to you that they will take care of you as long as you live. and said. and said. who lived in the wood.' said the wolf. and came one night to get a dainty morsel. so he laid wait for him behind the barn door. 'Old Sultan has saved our child from the wolf. and as the poor thing limped along with some trouble. and let him have my old cushion to sleep on as long as he lives. you know. the shepherd and his wife screamed out. he had a stout cudgel laid about his back. Wife. and therefore he shall live and be well taken care of. so in the evening he went to his good friend the wolf. and I will let it drop. and give him a good dinner. and carried the poor little thing back to his master and mistress. and have plenty to eat. and when they espied their enemies coming.' The dog liked this plan very well. and pretend to be watching it. So the next morning the wolf sent the boar to challenge Sultan to come into the wood to fight the matter. Then the wolf was very angry. and saw the cat's long tail standing straight in the air. you must run after me as fast as you can.tomorrow shall be his last day. that combed his locks for him finely. 'I will give you some good advice. Now Sultan had nobody he could ask to be his second but the shepherd's old three-legged cat. and they will think you have saved their child.' So from this time forward Sultan had all that he could wish for. heard all that the shepherd and his wife said to one another. but turn your head the other way when I want to taste one of the old shepherd's fine fat sheep. then you may carry it back. and told him all his sorrows. depend upon it. and lay it down behind the hedge in the shade while they are at work. so he took her with him.' said the Sultan. go home. my good fellow. and called Sultan 'an old rogue.' 'No. 'Make yourself easy. who was lying close by them. 'I will be true to my master.' and swore he would have his revenge. the wolf thought he was in joke. But Sultan had told his master what the wolf meant to do.

and ran away. and said: 'I will lay myself straight . and looked about and wondered that no one was there. I luckily slipped through her fingers. and had promised to be good friends again with old Sultan. So she made a fire on her hearth. When she was emptying the beans into the pan.' 'But what are we to do now?' said the coal. she seized sixty of them at once. 'Look up in the tree. and the boar lay down behind a bush. from whence do you come here?' The coal replied: 'I fortunately sprang out of the fire. I should have been made into broth without any mercy. and they called him a cowardly rascal. my death would have been certain. had not quite hidden himself. Then the straw began and said: 'Dear friends. there sits the one who is to blame.' 'And would a better fate have fallen to my lot?' said the straw. 'The old woman has destroyed all my brethren in fire and smoke. however. and every time she limped. and bit and scratched it. THE COAL. the cat. we should keep together like good companions. 'that as we have so fortunately escaped death. she lighted it with a handful of straw. they did not know how they were to get over it. and espied the wolf sitting amongst the branches. and repair to a foreign country. they thought she was picking up a stone to throw at them.fight with. and thinking it was a mouse. Sultan and the cat soon came up. however. sprang upon it. and when he shook one of them a little.--I should have been burnt to ashes. and lest a new mischance should overtake us here. we should go away together. THE STRAW. and if I had not escaped by sheer force.' So they looked up. seeing something move. for his ears stuck out of the bush. Soon. so they said they should not like this way of fighting. 'I think. and lay on the ground beside a straw. and soon afterwards a burning coal from the fire leapt down to the two. The straw hit on a good idea. and that it might burn the quicker. roaring out. and took their lives. and they set out on their way together. and the wolf jumped up into a tree.' answered the bean. AND THE BEAN In a village dwelt a poor old woman. The boar. who had gathered together a dish of beans and wanted to cook them.' The proposition pleased the two others. and would not suffer him to come down till he was heartily ashamed of himself.' The bean said: 'I too have escaped with a whole skin. but if the old woman had got me into the pan. and as there was no bridge or foot-plank. they came to a little brook. one dropped without her observing it. so that the boar jumped up and grunted. like my comrades.

if. and it shall be fulfilled. and the coal. 'I know what your wish is. The bean thanked him most prettily. It would have been all over with her.across. BRIAR ROSE A king and queen once upon a time reigned in a country a great way off. The bean. broke in two pieces. who was of an impetuous disposition. each with a high red cap on her head. she was after all. and plenty of good things to eat and drink. and laughed so heartily that she burst. that they might be kind and good to our little daughter. and fell into the stream. who had prudently stayed behind on the shore. could not but laugh at the event. But the queen said.' Now there were thirteen fairies in the kingdom. One gave her goodness.' What the little fish had foretold soon came to pass. was unable to stop. Then the queen took pity on the little fish. and then you can walk over on me as on a bridge. But one day as the queen was walking by the side of the river. and before it swam away it lifted its head out of the water and said. had not sat down to rest by the brook. so very beautiful that the king could not cease looking on it for joy. where there were in those days fairies. and stood still. and red shoes with high heels on her feet. at the bottom of the garden. another . they were forced to leave one of the fairies without asking her. tripped quite boldly on to the newly-built bridge. hissed when she got into the water. Now this king and queen had plenty of money. The straw. that had thrown itself out of the water. a tailor who was travelling in search of work. began to burn. and said he would hold a great feast and make merry. But when she had reached the middle. So twelve fairies came. and sewed her together. and lay gasping and nearly dead on the bank. by good fortune. but as the tailor used black thread. As he had a compassionate heart he pulled out his needle and thread. and heard the water rushing beneath her. likewise. and breathed her last. afraid. and a long white wand in her hand: and after the feast was over they gathered round in a ring and gave all their best gifts to the little princess. The coal slipped after her. and nobles. and neighbours. in return for your kindness to me--you will soon have a daughter. So he asked his kinsmen. and friends.' The straw therefore stretched itself from one bank to the other. and plenty of fine clothes to wear. but as the king and queen had only twelve golden dishes for them to eat out of. and threw it back again into the river. and show the child to all the land. all beans since then have a black seam. and the queen had a little girl. she saw a poor little fish. and ventured no farther. and a coach to ride out in every day: but though they had been married many years they had no children. and this grieved them very much indeed. however. 'I will have the fairies also.

Even the fire on the hearth left off blazing. and scolded the king and queen very much. 'The king's daughter shall. and took the spindle and began to try and spin. so he ordered that all the spindles in the kingdom should be bought up and burnt. but that she could soften its mischief. However. came forward. and black shoes on her feet. for the princess was so beautiful. In the door there was a golden key. and she fell down lifeless on the ground. So she cried out. 'what are you doing there?' 'Spinning. she was not dead. the king and queen were not at home. humming a tune. on the very day she was fifteen years old. till at last she came to an old tower. and the very flies slept upon the walls. It happened that. fell asleep too. as she had not been asked to the feast she was very angry. and all their court. and wise. 'Why. so her gift was.' Then the twelfth of the friendly fairies. and went to sleep. that everyone who knew her loved her. the king hoped still to save his dear child altogether from the threatened evil. to which there was a narrow staircase ending with a little door. But scarcely had she touched it. and the spit that was turning about with a goose upon it for the king's dinner stood still. However. that the king's daughter. Now.' said the old lady. and a broomstick in her hand: and presently up she came into the dining-hall. But all the gifts of the first eleven fairies were in the meantime fulfilled. So she roved about by herself. and she was left alone in the palace. and the cook. and fall down dead. and word was brought that the thirteenth fairy was come. who was at that moment pulling the kitchen-boy by the hair to give him a box . and the dogs in the court. and said that the evil wish must be fulfilled. who had not yet given her gift. and when she turned it the door sprang open. but had only fallen into a deep sleep. how now. while buzz! went the wheel. 'How prettily that little thing turns round!' said the princess. and nodded her head. before the fairy's prophecy was fulfilled. when the spindle wounded her. and looked at all the rooms and chambers. the spindle wounded her. with a black cap on her head. and the king and the queen. in her fifteenth year. and the horses slept in the stables.beauty. good mother. Just as eleven of them had done blessing her.' said the princess. a great noise was heard in the courtyard. and well behaved. but should only fall asleep for a hundred years. the pigeons on the house-top. and so on till she had all that was good in the world. the jack stopped. who had just come home. be wounded by a spindle. should not really die. another riches. and set to work to take her revenge. and good. and there sat an old lady spinning away very busily.

the butler. Then the young prince said.' The old man tried to hinder him. and died. through which he went with ease. several kings' sons came. none of them could ever do. Then he went on still farther. and on the roof sat the pigeons fast asleep. however. fast asleep on a couch by the window. I will go and see this Briar Rose. and how a wonderful princess. fell asleep with the jug at his lips: and thus everything stood still. This. After many. and looked about and . and all was so still that he could hear every breath he drew. and every year it became higher and thicker. lay in it asleep. many princes had come. and gazed on each other with great wonder. and there in the court lay the dogs asleep. called Briar Rose. how he had heard from his grandfather that many. so that not even the roof or the chimneys could be seen. And when he came into the palace. and soon the king and queen also awoke. too. and all the court. till at last he came to the old tower. as it were with hands. and they shut in after him as thick as ever. 'All this shall not frighten me. as if she was going to beat the boy. and there they stuck fast. and slept soundly. going to drink a draught. let him go. till at last the old palace was surrounded and hidden. and the dogs jumped up and barked. and both fell asleep. Then he came at last to the palace. But there went a report through all the land of the beautiful sleeping Briar Rose (for so the king's daughter was called): so that. the spit was standing still. and had tried to break through the thicket. the pigeons took their heads from under their wings. and as the prince came to the thicket he saw nothing but beautiful flowering shrubs. She looked so beautiful that he could not take his eyes off her. and the horses were standing in the stables. and there she lay. and died wretchedly. but that they had all stuck fast in it. and how a beautiful palace stood behind it. with their heads under their wings. the butler had the jug of ale at his lips. from time to time. so he stooped down and gave her a kiss. the flies were sleeping on the walls. Now that very day the hundred years were ended. many years there came a king's son into that land: and an old man told him the story of the thicket of thorns. And the horses shook themselves. A large hedge of thorns soon grew round the palace. for the thorns and bushes laid hold of them. and the cook in the kitchen was still holding up her hand. the maid sat with a fowl in her lap ready to be plucked. but he was bent upon going. with all her court. and they went out together. He told. and tried to break through the thicket into the palace. But the moment he kissed her she opened her eyes and awoke. and smiled upon him.on the ear for something he had done amiss. who was slyly tasting the ale. and opened the door of the little room in which Briar Rose was.

'Why are you so sad. where he soon ate it all up. she took him to another shop and pecked down some more for him. my good friend. and round went the spit. 'I am very very hungry. and pecked at two rolls that lay in the window. she pecked and scratched at a steak that lay upon the edge of the shelf. and I will peck you down another steak. The sparrow. When that was eaten. but would . At last he could bear it no longer. and I will soon find you plenty of food. and scrambled away with it into a corner. On the road he met a sparrow that said to him. till at last down it fell. the flies on the walls buzzed again. 'come with me into the next town. till they fell down: and as the dog still wished for more.' said the dog. 'Well. my friend?' 'Because. Whilst he slept. the sparrow asked him whether he had had enough now. have you had enough now?' 'I have had plenty of meat. 'but I should like to have a piece of bread to eat after it.' So they both went out upon the high road. the butler finished his draught of ale.' said the sparrow. 'do so. 'and you shall soon have that too. 'Yes. and in the meantime I will perch upon that bush. round went the jack.' So she took him to a baker's shop. there came by a carter with a cart drawn by three horses.' 'Come with me then. but often let him suffer the greatest hunger.' answered the sparrow. and fell fast asleep.' answered he. and the wedding feast was given. And then the prince and Briar Rose were married. the maid went on plucking the fowl.' So the sparrow perched upon the shelf: and having first looked carefully about her to see if anyone was watching her. so he took to his heels.' answered the sparrow.' 'If that be all.' So the dog stretched himself out on the road. the fire in the kitchen blazed up.' 'Very well. THE DOG AND THE SPARROW A shepherd's dog had a master who took no care of him. and they lived happily together all their lives long. seeing that the carter did not turn out of the way. and off he ran in a very sad and sorrowful mood. the sparrow said to the dog.' When the dog had eaten this too. 'Well. Then the dog snapped it up.' So on they went together into the town: and as they passed by a butcher's shop. the sparrow said to him. so come with me to the next shop.' said he. 'Stand there a little while till I peck you down a piece of meat. they had not gone far before the dog said.' said the sparrow. and have nothing to eat. and loaded with two casks of wine. 'I am very much tired--I should like to take a nap. and the cook gave the boy the box on his ear.flew into the fields. 'you shall have some more if you will. 'and now let us take a walk a little way out of the town. but as the weather was warm. with the goose for the king's dinner upon it.

'Alas!' said he to his wife. 'what harm can you do me?' and passed on. Now mind what I say. 'thou cruel villain. and than all the wine ran out. and saw thousands of birds sitting upon the floor eating up his corn. grumbling to himself.' The carter was forced at last to leave his cart behind him. and the blow fell upon the second horse and killed him on the spot. and welcome. and saw that the cart was dripping. so as to drive over him.' cried the sparrow. But the sparrow crept under the tilt of the cart. 'Unlucky wretch that I am!' said he. 'what ill luck has befallen me!--my wine is all spilt. The carter was mad with fury.' 'Alas! husband. she again crept under the tilt of the cart. This deed of thine shall cost thee all thou art worth. and they have fallen upon our corn in the loft. 'What an unlucky wretch I am!' cried he. 'Not wretch enough yet!' answered the sparrow as she flew away. and my horses all three dead. and perching upon the third horse. but she flew away. for he saw that the corn was almost all gone.' But the carter. When the carter saw this. struck again at the sparrow. 'now will I plague and punish thee at thy own house. so that all the wine ran out. and drove his cart over the poor dog. and are eating it up at such a rate!' Away ran the husband upstairs. and pecked at the bung of one of the casks till she loosened it. and the cask quite empty. And as the carter went on with the other two horses. 'Stop! stop! Mr Carter. 'Not wretch enough yet!' said the sparrow. At last he looked round. 'thy cruelty shall cost thee they life yet!' and away she flew. 'Not wretch enough yet!' said the sparrow. indeed! what can you do?' cracked his whip.' said the brute. with the sparrow in the midst of them. and without looking about him. but killed his third horse as he done the other two. 'Unlucky wretch that I am!' cried the carter. The carter ran up and struck at her again with his hatchet. 'Not wretch enough yet!' and perched on the head of the second horse. without the carter seeing it. called out. as she alighted upon the head of one of the horses. 'Unlucky wretch that I am!' cried he. went down . 'Miserable wretch that I am!' But the sparrow answered. that he fell down dead. and pecked at him till he reared up and kicked.go on in the track in which the dog lay. 'Not wretch enough yet!' said the sparrow. 'You make it the worse for me. meaning to kill her. she began to peck him too. thou hast killed my friend the dog. or it shall be the worse for you. 'There. and pecked out the bung of the second cask. 'and a wicked bird has come into the house. 'Alas! miserable wretch that I am!' cried he. so that the wheels crushed him to death. When the carter saw this. and to go home overflowing with rage and vexation. or caring what he was about.' replied she. 'Not wretch enough yet!' said the sparrow. and the blow fell upon the poor horse's head with such force. I am sure. but away she flew. The carter seeing that he had thus lost all that he had.' 'Do your worst. and has brought with her all the birds in the world. he drew out his hatchet and aimed a blow at the sparrow. he again cried out. and pecked at him too.

and the sparrow flew quietly home to her nest. and at last the walls. but it missed her. and hit her husband on the head so that he fell down dead. 'Carter! it shall cost thee thy life!' Then he became mad and blind with rage. for the soles of their shoes were full of holes. and struck the window-seat with such force that he cleft it in two: and as the sparrow flew from place to place. the door of his chamber was left open. 'Carter! it shall cost thee thy life yet!' With that he could wait no longer: so he gave his wife the hatchet. and cried. and only broke the window. THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES There was a king who had twelve beautiful daughters. and cried. that if any person could discover the secret. the carter and his wife were so furious.' But the sparrow began to flutter about. however. and yet nobody could find out how it happened. and threw it at the sparrow. glasses. But the sparrow sat on the outside of the window.' cried he. benches. seized his hatchet. and cried 'Carter! thy cruelty shall cost thee thy life!' With that he jumped up in a rage. But the king's son soon fell asleep. the table. and should be king after his death. 'that is letting her off too easily: she shall die a much more cruel death. There he was to sit and watch where they went to dance. and when they went to bed. strike at the bird and kill her in my hand. the doors were shut and locked up. A king's son soon came. in order that nothing might pass without his hearing it. The same thing happened the second and third night: so the king ordered his head to be .into his kitchen. 'Wife. and.' And the wife struck. he should have the one he liked best for his wife. In the end. but she missed her aim. He was well entertained. I will eat her. Then the king made it known to all the land. but every morning their shoes were found to be quite worn through as if they had been danced in all night. that they broke all their furniture. perched upon the window-seat. without touching the bird at all. should be put to death. and stretch out her neck and cried. or where they had been. after three days and nights. they caught her: and the wife said. and when he awoke in the morning he found that the princesses had all been dancing. 'Shall I kill her at once?' 'No. and was still not sorry for what he had done. They slept in twelve beds all in one room. chairs. but whoever tried and did not succeed. and in the evening was taken to the chamber next to the one where the princesses lay in their twelve beds. The sparrow now hopped in. and find out where it was that the princesses danced in the night. but sat himself angrily and sulkily in the chimney corner.

and in a little while began to snore very loud as if he was fast asleep. and the bed sank into the floor and a trap-door flew open. and followed them.' Then she gave him a cloak. But the youngest said. 'you are always afraid. have you forgotten how many kings' sons have already watched in vain? And as for this soldier. and you will then be able to follow the princesses wherever they go. 'that is no very hard task: only take care not to drink any of the wine which one of the princesses will bring to you in the evening. he would have slept soundly enough. he met an old woman. and when the evening came he was led to the outer chamber. 'I hardly know where I am going. Then he laid himself down on his bed. he jumped up. but he snored on. but the soldier threw it all away secretly. put on the cloak which the old woman had given him. After him came several others. and dressed themselves at the glass. I am sure some mischance will befall us. and said. the eldest leading the way. they went and looked at the soldier.' When the soldier heard all this good counsel. passed through the country where this king reigned: and as he was travelling through a wood. He was as well received as the others had been. even if I had not given him his sleeping draught. but in the middle of the stairs he trod on the gown of the youngest .' 'You simpleton. and the king ordered fine royal robes to be given him. 'but I think I should like very well to find out where it is that the princesses dance. while you are so happy I feel very uneasy. and the eldest went up to her own bed and clapped her hands. and as soon as she leaves you pretend to be fast asleep. and the eldest said.' said the eldest. Now it chanced that an old soldier. who had been wounded in battle and could fight no longer. and did not stir hand or foot: so they thought they were quite safe. and all lost their lives in the same manner. Just as he was going to lie down. 'This fellow too might have done a wiser thing than lose his life in this way!' Then they rose up and opened their drawers and boxes.cut off.' said the soldier. but they had all the same luck.' When they were all ready. and said he was willing to undertake the task. The soldier saw them going down through the trap-door one after another. When the twelve princesses heard this they laughed heartily. or what I had better do. and thinking he had no time to lose.' said the old dame. the eldest of the princesses brought him a cup of wine. 'As soon as you put that on you will become invisible. taking care not to drink a drop. and then in time I might be a king. 'I don't know how it is. and took out all their fine clothes. who asked him where he was going. he determined to try his luck: so he went to the king. and skipped about as if they were eager to begin dancing.' 'Well.

There they all landed. and each prince danced with his princess. but the eldest always silenced her. and glittered and sparkled beautifully. and at the side of the lake there lay twelve little boats with twelve handsome princes in them.' 'It is only the heat of the weather. At this. from which came the merry music of horns and trumpets. too. and I am quite tired: the boat seems very heavy today. 'Now all is quite safe'. and the soldier stepped into the same boat with the youngest. and every time there was a loud noise. where all the leaves were of gold. And the soldier broke a branch from each. so that when she put the cup to her mouth it was empty. they heard him snoring in his bed.' On the other side of the lake stood a fine illuminated castle. who was all the time invisible. and afterwards to a third. 'It is only our princes. They danced on till three o'clock in the morning. and at the bottom they found themselves in a most delightful grove of trees. it was only the princes. 'All is not right. 'it is nothing but a nail in the wall. who seemed to be waiting there for the princesses. the prince who was in the boat with the youngest princess and the soldier said. so that they were obliged to leave off. and she cried out to her sisters. and the soldier. and as the twelve sisters slowly came up very much tired. and laid himself down. so he broke off a little branch. As they were rowing over the lake. and on the opposite shore they took leave of each other. and went into the castle. but the eldest still said. The princes rowed them back again over the lake (but this time the soldier placed himself in the boat with the eldest princess). where the leaves were all glittering diamonds. someone took hold of my gown.' Then they came to another grove of trees. he drank it all up.' 'You silly creature!' said the eldest. the princesses promising to come again the next night. The soldier wished to take away some token of the place. danced with them too. One of the princesses went into each boat. and the leaves were all of silver.' Then down they all went. which made the youngest sister tremble with fear. So they went on till they came to a great lake. put away their fine . who were crying for joy. Then the youngest daughter said again. but though I am rowing with all my might we do not get on so fast as usual.princess. who are shouting for joy at our approach.' But the eldest said. 'I do not know why it is. and there came a loud noise from the tree. the soldier ran on before the princesses.' said the princess: 'I feel it very warm too. 'I am sure all is not right--did not you hear that noise? That never happened before. the youngest sister was terribly frightened. and when any of the princesses had a cup of wine set by her. and then all their shoes were worn out. When they came to the stairs. so they said. then they undressed themselves.

the princesses danced each time till their shoes were worn to pieces. And when the king asked him. he told her how he had caught a great fish. 'Where do my twelve daughters dance at night?' he answered.'--And they were married that very day. When the fisherman went home to his wife in the pigsty. close by the seaside. and how. so I will have the eldest. Then the king called for the princesses. 'we live very wretchedly here. and he answered. 'Did not you ask it for anything?' said the wife. and every thing happened just as before. ho!' said the man. But the fish said. 'you need not make so many words about the matter.' And then he told the king all that had happened. The fisherman used to go out all day long a-fishing. and let me go!' 'Oh. on the third night the soldier carried away one of the golden cups as a token of where he had been. as soon as you please!' Then he put him back into the water. he was taken before the king with the three branches and the golden cup. and went again the second and third night. all on a sudden his float was dragged away deep into the water: and in drawing it up he pulled out a great fish. In the morning the soldier said nothing about what had happened. and left a long streak of blood behind him on the wave. and one day. I will have nothing to do with a fish that can talk: so swim away. as he sat on the shore with his rod. As soon as the time came when he was to declare the secret. I am an enchanted prince: put me in the water again. and asked them whether what the soldier said was true: and when they saw that they were discovered. looking at the sparkling waves and watching his line. 'I am not very young. sir. and showed him the three branches and the golden cup which he had brought with him. 'With twelve princes in a castle under ground. and the fish darted straight down to the bottom. And the king asked the soldier which of them he would choose for his wife. and went to bed. in this nasty dirty pigsty. he had let it go again. THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE There was once a fisherman who lived with his wife in a pigsty. and then returned home. on hearing it speak.clothes. do go back and tell the fish we want a snug . but determined to see more of this strange adventure. and how it had told him it was an enchanted prince. they confessed it all. and the soldier was chosen to be the king's heir. and that it was of no use to deny what had happened. However. and the twelve princesses stood listening behind the door to hear what he would say. pulled off their shoes. 'Pray let me live! I am not a real fish.

and then Dame Ilsabill said. 'Ah!' said the fisherman. and a kitchen. 'Well. and he went close to the edge of the waves.' 'Nonsense!' said the wife. and when he came back there the water looked all yellow and green. what is her will? What does your wife want?' 'Ah!' said the fisherman. and there was a courtyard behind. planted with all sorts of flowers and fruits.' 'Go home. 'I don't like to go to him again.' The fisherman did not much like the business: however. 'is not this much better than the filthy pigsty we had?' And there was a parlour. And he stood at the water's edge. I should like to have a large stone castle to live in: go to the fish again and tell him to give us a castle. Everything went right for a week or two. he went to the seashore. and a bedchamber. but his heart was very heavy: and when he came to the sea.' 'Wife. what does she want now?' said the fish. it looked blue and gloomy.' said his wife. 'he will do it very willingly. and said: 'O man of the sea! Hearken to me! My wife Ilsabill Will have her own will. and behind the cottage there was a little garden. 'how happily we shall live now!' 'We will try to do so. the courtyard and the garden are a great deal too small. And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!' 'Well.little cottage. and saw his wife standing at the door of a nice trim little cottage. and said. and said: 'O man of the sea! Hearken to me! My wife Ilsabill Will have her own will. for perhaps he will be angry. I ought to have asked you for something before I let you go. though it was very calm. 'Come in. and wants a snug little cottage. there is not near room enough for us in this cottage. come in!' said she. we ought to be easy with this pretty cottage to live in. 'Ah!' said the man. 'Husband.' said the fish. 'she says that when I had caught you. at least. And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!' Then the fish came swimming to him. she does not like living any longer in the pigsty. I know. 'she is in the cottage already!' So the man went home. then. go along and try!' The fisherman went. . full of ducks and chickens.' said the fisherman.

he said. 'Well.' So away went the fisherman. 'But. This time the sea looked a dark grey colour. 'Husband.' said the fisherman. 'now we will live cheerful and happy in this beautiful castle for the rest of our lives.' said the man. it is true.' So they went to bed. and behind the castle was a garden.' said the wife. and she jogged the fisherman with her elbow.' And when he had looked at her for a long time.' 'Then I will.' said she. 'never is a long time. 'are you king?' 'Yes. and found his wife standing before the gate of a great castle. 'she is standing at the gate of it already.' 'Go home. full of sheep.' said the fish. husband.' 'Wife.' 'I don't know how that may be.' said she. wife! why should you wish to be emperor?' said the fisherman. and around it was a park half a mile long. and I think I should like to be emperor.' said she. And when he went in he saw his wife sitting on a throne of gold and diamonds. and the rooms all richly furnished. for we must be king of all the land. and full of golden chairs and tables.' Then the fisherman went home. 'my wife wants to be king. and goats. and in the courtyard were stables and cow-houses.' So the man went away quite sorrowful to think that his wife should want to be king. 'See. 'I am king. 'Ah. 'how can you be king--the fish cannot make you a king?' 'Husband. 'she is king already. 'Alas!' said the poor man. and said. wife. and deer.' 'Perhaps we may. what would she have now?' said the fish. The next morning when Dame Ilsabill awoke it was broad daylight. and was overspread with curling waves and the ridges of foam as he cried out: 'O man of the sea! Hearken to me! My wife Ilsabill Will have her own will. 'my wife wants to live in a stone castle. 'say no more about it. before we make up our minds to that.' 'Go home.' said she. 'why should we wish to be the king? I will not be king. 'but let us sleep upon it. 'is not this grand?' With that they went into the castle together. and on each side of her stood six fair maidens.' said she. And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!' 'Well. 'Get up. I am king. each a head taller than the other.' 'Alas. wife. and hares. wife! what a fine thing it is to be king! Now we shall never have anything more to wish for as long as we live. but go and try! I will be king.' said she.' said the fisherman. 'go to the fish! .' said the fish. and found a great many servants there. but I begin to be tired of that. and as he came close to the palace he saw a troop of soldiers.dolefully. and heard the sound of drums and trumpets.' said the man. then. with a golden crown upon her head. and bestir yourself. wife. 'Well.

'what a fine thing it is to be emperor!' 'Husband. and said: 'O man of the sea! Hearken to me! My wife Ilsabill Will have her own will. and dukes. he can make a pope: go and try him. and as he came near he saw his wife Ilsabill sitting on a very lofty throne made of solid gold. and said: . 'why should we stop at being emperor? I will be pope next.' 'Ah.' He soon came to the seashore.' 'I am king. with a great crown on her head full two yards high. 'Ah!' said the fisherman. But when he came to the shore the wind was raging and the sea was tossed up and down in boiling waves. 'I will be pope this very day. 'the fish cannot make you pope.' 'Ah!' said the man. and the water was quite black and muddy. 'she wants to be emperor.' 'But. and earls: and the fisherman went up to her and said.' So the fisherman went.' 'O wife. wife!' replied the fisherman. 'she is emperor already.' 'Go home. 'I am emperor.' 'Husband. it is too much to ask. And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!' 'What would she have now?' said the fish.' said she. and he trembled so that his knees knocked together: but still he went down near to the shore.' So he went home again. but he went as near as he could to the water's brink.' 'What nonsense!' said she. and rolled fearfully upon the tops of the billows. and then we shall be sorry for what we have done. and I should not like to ask him for such a thing. so go at once!' So the fisherman was forced to go. as if a dreadful storm was rising. and on each side of her stood her guards and attendants in a row. and a mighty whirlwind blew over the waves and rolled them about. 'Wife. each one smaller than the other. the fish will be tired at last. but towards the south all was red. 'This will come to no good. At this sight the fisherman was dreadfully frightened.' said the fish. I am sure. 'how can you be pope? there is but one pope at a time in Christendom. are you emperor?' 'Yes. And before her stood princes.I say I will be emperor. and he muttered as he went along.' said she. In the middle of the heavens there was a little piece of blue sky.' said Ilsabill. and the ships were in trouble.' replied the husband. wife!' said he. as he gazed upon her.' said she. 'if he can make an emperor. 'and you are my slave. from the tallest giant down to a little dwarf no bigger than my finger. 'the fish cannot make an emperor.

of all sizes.' 'I will think about that. and cried out.' said she. and wakened her husband. And she had three great crowns on her head. And the fisherman crept towards the sea. and the thunders rolled. 'she is pope already. 'she wants to be lord of the sun and moon. 'cannot you be easy with being pope?' 'No. 'to your pigsty .' 'Well. and as he was going down to the shore a dreadful storm arose. for you can be nothing greater. and the lightnings played. as well as he could: 'O man of the sea! Hearken to me! My wife Ilsabill Will have her own will. go to the fish and tell him I must be lord of the sun and moon. 'Ha!' thought she. 'Alas.' replied he. as she woke up and looked at it through the window. and the least no larger than a small rushlight. swelling up like mountains with crowns of white foam upon their heads.' said the fish.' said the fish. and found Ilsabill sitting on a throne that was two miles high. At last. the greatest as large as the highest and biggest tower in the world.' said the wife.' said the fisherman. as he looked at all this greatness. 'are you pope?' 'Yes. Then they went to bed: but Dame Ilsabill could not sleep all night for thinking what she should be next. and the sun rose. as she was dropping asleep. 'it is a grand thing to be pope. 'Ah!' said the fisherman. so that the trees and the very rocks shook. 'I am very uneasy as long as the sun and moon rise without my leave.' Then the fisherman went home.'O man of the sea! Hearken to me! My wife Ilsabill Will have her own will. and said. 'I am pope. and around her stood all the pomp and power of the Church. 'Wife. And all the heavens became black with stormy clouds.' 'Go home. Go to the fish at once!' Then the man went shivering with fear.' said she. but the thought frightened him so much that he started and fell out of bed. And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!' 'What does she want now?' said the fish. 'after all I cannot prevent the sun rising.' The fisherman was half asleep. And on each side of her were two rows of burning lights. and now you must be easy. 'Husband.' At this thought she was very angry. and you might have seen in the sea great black waves. And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!' 'What does she want now?' said the fish. 'Ah!' said he. wife!' said he. 'my wife wants to be pope.' 'Go home. morning broke. wife.

come. 'before whom we must bow down. 'Is that the royal palace?' cried the bear. and the lord King came too. cows. The young willow-wrens. and every other animal the earth contained. oxen.again. you are disreputable children!' When the young wrens heard that.' said the wolf. you must wait until the lord and lady Queen have gone away again. so he peeped in and saw five or six young ones lying there. THE WILLOW-WREN AND THE BEAR Once in summer-time the bear and the wolf were walking in the forest.' and he at once flew with the Queen to the bear's cave. asses.' In reality the bird was the willow-wren. The bear. and turned back and went into their holes. no. the bear has been here and has insulted us!' Then the old King said: 'Be easy. The King and Queen had just flown out. continued to cry and scream. and screamed: 'No. and trotted away. he shall be punished. and said: 'No. and the bear heard a bird singing so beautifully that he said: 'Brother wolf.' So they took stock of the hole where the nest lay. 'you must wait until the Queen comes. and they began to feed their young ones. take me thither.' And there they live to this very day. they were frightfully angry.' said the wolf. 'I should very much like to see his royal palace. and called in: 'Old Growler. The bear would have liked to go at once. until you have settled whether we are respectable children or not. not only birds. and all four-footed animals were summoned to take part in it. And the willow-wren summoned everything which flew in the air. but the wolf held him back by the sleeve. why have you insulted my children? You shall suffer for it--we will punish you by a bloody war. bees and flies had to come. and when a short time had passed. deer. you will have to pay for that!' The bear and the wolf grew uneasy. what bird is it that sings so well?' 'That is the King of birds. went to it again. the willow-wren sent out spies . however. and you are not King's children. however. 'it is a wretched palace.' Soon afterwards. large and small. 'IF that's the case.' said the bear. and when their parents again brought food they said: 'We will not so much as touch one fly's leg.' 'That is not done quite as you seem to think. When the time came for the war to begin. the Queen arrived with some food in her beak. could not rest until he had seen the royal palace. but midges.' Thus war was announced to the Bear. that we are not! Our parents are honest people! Bear. not if we were dying of hunger. and hornets.

and the battle was to begin. and still kept his tail high in the air. before we will do that. and when she came to a cool spring of water. he could hold out no longer. The willow-wren with his army also came flying through the air with such a humming. and the birds had won the battle. rejoice. down to the minutest detail. and made merry till quite late into the night. and began to flee. and he called the fox before him and said: 'Fox. which was her . Then the King and Queen flew home to their children and cried: 'Children. When the fox felt the first string.' So the bear crept thither in the greatest fear. from pain. When day broke.' When the gnat had heard that. Now she had a golden ball in her hand. she sat herself down to rest a while. we have won the battle!' But the young wrens said: 'We will not eat yet. 'but what signal shall we agree upon?' No one knew that. The gnat. but he bore it. he was forced to put it down for a moment. and sat down together and ate and drank. which almost looks like a plume of red feathers. When I lift my tail up quite high. the bear must come to the nest.' 'Good. at the second sting. and revealed everything. all is going well. and beg their pardon. flew into the forest where the enemy was assembled. at the third. who was the most crafty. When the animals saw that. and on both sides they advanced against each other. you are to come to the nest to my children. and put his tail between his legs.' said the fox. THE FROG-PRINCE One fine evening a young princess put on her bonnet and clogs. eat and drink to your heart's content. each into his hole. she flew away again. screamed.' Then the willow-wren flew to the bear's hole and cried: 'Growler. and you must charge. they thought all was lost. There stood the bear. he started so that he lifted one leg. and sting with all his might. so the fox said: 'I have a fine long bushy tail. with orders to settle beneath the fox's tail. and went out to take a walk by herself in a wood. And now at last the young wrens were satisfied. and beg for pardon and say that we are honourable children. you shall be general and lead us. to the willow-wren.to discover who was the enemy's commander-in-chief. or else every rib of your body shall be broken. and whirring. that rose in the midst of it. you are the most cunning of all animals. and swarming that every one was uneasy and afraid. and begged their pardon. and hid herself beneath a leaf of the tree where the password was to be announced. run away as fast as you can. but if I let it hang down. all the four-footed animals came running up with such a noise that the earth trembled. But the willow-wren sent down the hornet.

Then she began to bewail her loss. I will do all you ask. but if you will love me. why do you weep so bitterly?' 'Alas!' said she. a frog put its head out of the water. 'There is a nasty frog. till at last it fell down into the spring. and threw it on the edge of the spring. The next day.' thought the princess. As soon as the young princess saw her ball. seeing that something had frightened her. just as the princess had sat down to dinner. and take me with you as you said. in the greenwood shade.' Whilst she was speaking. my princess dear. 'I want not your pearls. 'at the door. I will bring you your ball again. but it was very deep. After a time she threw it up so high that she missed catching it as it fell. and dived deep under the water. and everything that I have in the world. princess. 'what can you do for me. and let me live with you and eat from off your golden plate. and a little voice cried out and said: 'Open the door. and she was so overjoyed to have it in her hand again.' said she. that she never thought of the frog. asked her what was the matter. and therefore I will tell him he shall have what he asks. 'Princess. plash--as if something was coming up the marble staircase: and soon afterwards there was a gentle knock at the door. and said. and the ball bounded away. and rolled along upon the ground. I would give all my fine clothes and jewels. The princess looked into the spring after her ball. 'this silly frog is talking! He can never even get out of the spring to visit me. and shutting the door as fast as she could came back to her seat. Open the door to thy true love here! And mind the words that thou and I said By the fountain cool. but ran home with it as fast as she could. 'Stay. and there she saw the frog. 'Well. so deep that she could not see the bottom of it. that lifted my ball for me out of the spring this morning: I told him that he should live with me here.' So she said to the frog. thinking that he could never . you nasty frog? My golden ball has fallen into the spring.' Then the frog put his head down. The king. her father. 'Alas! if I could only get my ball again. she ran to pick it up. if you will bring me my ball. The frog called after her.' 'What nonsense. though he may be able to get my ball for me. with the ball in his mouth. and fine clothes. At this sight she was sadly frightened. tap--plash. and after a little while he came up again.' The frog said. and said. and sleep upon your bed. whom she had quite forgotten. and she was always tossing it up into the air. and catching it again as it fell.' But she did not stop to hear a word. and jewels.favourite plaything.' Then the princess ran to the door and opened it. she heard a strange noise--tap.

and put me into your bed. the frog said. and now I have nothing to wish for but that you should go with me into my father's kingdom. As soon as it was light he jumped up.' This she did. and put him upon the pillow of her own bed. 'Now. till the morning broke.' And the princess. and the frog hopped into the room. who had changed him into a frog. and sleep upon her bed for three nights. my princess dear. and standing at the head of her bed. my princess dear.' While she was speaking the frog knocked again at the door. tap--plash. He told her that he had been enchanted by a spiteful fairy.' thought the princess.' But she was mistaken. and I shall be troubled with him no more. hopped downstairs. but there he is at the door. gazing on her with the most beautiful eyes she had ever seen. 'You. he said.' As soon as she had done this. plash--from the bottom of the room to the top. and then straight on--tap. And the third night he did the same.get out of the spring. that I may eat out of it. 'As you have given your word you must keep it. and went out of the house.' said he to the princess. and he wants to come in. Open the door to thy true love here! And mind the words that thou and I said By the fountain cool. But when the princess awoke on the following morning she was astonished to see. took him up in her hand. Open the door to thy true love here! And mind the words that thou and I said By the fountain cool.' She did so. 'Put your plate nearer to me. instead of the frog. for when night came again she heard the same tapping at the door. till he came up close to the table where the princess sat. carry me upstairs. where I will .' Then the king said to the young princess. and said: 'Open the door. where he slept all night long. 'have broken his cruel charm. and the frog came once more. in the greenwood shade.' said the prince. 'Now I am tired. and slept upon her pillow as before. a handsome prince. 'Pray lift me upon chair. and that he had been fated so to abide till some princess should take him out of the spring. and when he had eaten as much as he could.' And when the princess opened the door the frog came in. then. in the greenwood shade. 'and let me sit next to you. so go and let him in. and said: 'Open the door. 'at last he is gone. and let him eat from her plate. though very unwilling.

or you will be caught in a trap some day. and I am to hold him over the font at the christening. Then she took a walk upon the roofs of the town. Let me go out today. I should like a drop of sweet red christening wine myself. 'and you.' said the mouse.' answered the mouse. or else we shall suffer from hunger. 'no doubt you have had a merry day. the cat had no cousin. and a pot of fat was bought.' said the cat. was untrue. but they did not know where to put it. you may be sure. and licked the top of the fat off. that his heart had well-nigh burst. and love you as long as you live. but it was not long before the cat had a great yearning for it. that at length the mouse agreed that they should live and keep house together. after much consideration.' The good advice was followed. and there they lived happily a great many years. and not until it was evening did she return home. who had bewailed the misfortunes of his dear master during his enchantment so long and so bitterly. with eight beautiful horses.' The young princess. here you are again. little mouse. for the prince's kingdom. and not touch it until we are really in need of it. 'by all means go. faithful Heinrich. the cat said: 'I know no place where it will be better stored up than in the church. and said to the mouse: 'I want to tell you something. for no one dares take anything away from there. he is white with brown spots. and got into the coach with eight horses. little mouse. and licked her lips whenever she thought of the pot of fat.' All this. 'Well. was not long in saying 'Yes' to all this. and you look after the house by yourself. They then took leave of the king. 'But we must make a provision for winter. 'What name did they . looked out for opportunities. cannot venture everywhere. and had not been asked to be godmother. yes.' 'Yes. and behind the coach rode the prince's servant.' answered the cat. decked with plumes of feathers and a golden harness. think of me. my cousin has brought a little son into the world. and had said so much to her about the great love and friendship she felt for her. and then stretched herself in the sun. and as they spoke a gay coach drove up. and all set out. At length. She went straight to the church. began to lick at it. We will set it beneath the altar. stole to the pot of fat. CAT AND MOUSE IN PARTNERSHIP A certain cat had made the acquaintance of a mouse.marry you. and if you get anything very good to eat.' 'All went off well. full of joy and merriment.' So the pot was placed in safety. which they reached safely. and has asked me to be godmother. however.

it has not a single white hair on its whole body. but when the winter had come and there was no longer anything to be found outside. I'll wager anything it is not in the calendar!' The cat's mouth soon began to water for some more licking. 'When everything is eaten up one has some peace. what can that mean?' and she shook her head.' Before long the cat was seized by another fit of yearning. 'All good things go in threes. now it comes to light! You a true friend! You have devoured all when you were standing godmother.' said she to herself.' 'Yes. as your godchildren are called.' answered the cat. this only happens once every few years. you will let me go. and lay down to sleep. 'Half-done! What are you saying? I never heard the name in my life. but when they arrived. I am again asked to be godmother. All-gone. 'they are such odd names. 'He is called All-gone. as the child has a white ring round its neck.' cried the mouse 'that is the most suspicious name of all! I have never seen it in print. and devoured half the pot of fat. 'I am asked to stand godmother again. is it a usual one in your family?' 'What does that matter. won't you?' 'Top-off! Half-done!' answered the mouse. but the cat crept behind the town walls to the church. 'it is no worse than Crumb-stealer. cat.' said the cat. 'that is a very odd and uncommon name. 'you will enjoy it as much as you would enjoy sticking that dainty tongue of yours out of the window.' They set out on their way. First . and once more manage the house for a day alone. 'It will not please you more than the others. and said: 'Come. but with that exception. and are filled with fancies.' said the cat.' 'All-gone. that's because you do not go out in the daytime.' The good mouse consented. The mouse at once asked what name had been given to the third child. we will go to our pot of fat which we have stored up for ourselves--we shall enjoy that.' answered the cat. and was quite satisfied with her day's work. The child is quite black. 'Nothing ever seems so good as what one keeps to oneself. She said to the mouse: 'You must do me a favour. but it was empty.' During the cat's absence the mouse cleaned the house.' 'You sit at home. curled herself up. 'now I see what has happened. 'in your dark-grey fur coat and long tail. the mouse thought of their provision. they make me very thoughtful.' said she.' said the cat. From this time forth no one invited the cat to be godmother. 'Top off!' cried the mouse. the pot of fat certainly was still in its place. but the greedy cat entirely emptied the pot of fat.give the child?' 'Top off!' said the cat quite coolly.' said she. When she went home the mouse inquired: 'And what was the child christened?' 'Half-done. 'Alas!' said the mouse. I cannot refuse. and. only it has white paws. and well filled and fat she did not return home till night. and put it in order.

dear child. that is the way of the world. and each had a horse for the journey. Verily. Now the princess's horse was the fairy's gift. who was very beautiful. scarcely had she spoken it before the cat sprang on her. she got ready to set off on her journey to his country. and in short everything that became a royal bride. and I will eat you too. and said: 'Alas! alas! if thy mother knew it. and fetch me some water in my golden cup out of yonder brook. sadly. and left his queen to take care of their only child. the fairy went into her bed-chamber. 'Pray get down. and was very kind to her. THE GOOSE-GIRL The king of a great land died. and cut off a lock of her hair. And there was a good fairy too. fine dresses. packed up a great many costly things. and her mother loved her dearly. who was fond of the princess. 'Take care of it.' Then she was so thirsty that she got down. and knelt over the little brook. seized her. then--' 'Will you hold your tongue. and gave it to the princess.' . for I want to drink. Sadly. And she gave her a waiting-maid to ride with her. and drank.top off. she was betrothed to a prince who lived a great way off. and said. and swallowed her down.' Then they all took a sorrowful leave of the princess. then half-done. and gold. 'Alas! what will become of me?' And the lock answered her. the princess began to feel very thirsty: and she said to her maid. get off yourself. When she grew up. got upon her horse. trinkets.' 'Nay. would she rue it. for it is a charm that may be of use to you on the road. Then the queen her mother. jewels. and could speak. and she put the lock of hair into her bosom. and took a little knife. for she was frightened. and as the time drew near for her to be married. and it was called Falada. and helped her mother to watch over her. This child was a daughter. I shall not be your waiting-maid any longer. When the time came for them to set out. and dared not bring out her golden cup. One day. and set off on her journey to her bridegroom's kingdom. and she wept and said.' said the maid.' cried the cat. as they were riding along by a brook. 'one word more. and give her into the bridegroom's hands. and silver.' 'All-gone' was already on the poor mouse's lips. 'if you are thirsty. and stoop down by the water and drink.

'Pray get down. that she may not be idle. and even spoke more haughtily than before: 'Drink if you will. but I shall not be your waiting-maid. and you may have my horse instead'. so she said nothing to her maid's ill behaviour. and too delicate for a waiting-maid. As she looked very pretty. Now she was so frightened that she did not see it. So when the bride had done drinking. and lifted the maid from her horse. Now the old king happened just then to have nothing else to do. and said. 'pray give the girl some work to do. but got upon her horse again. for she knew the charm. till the day grew so warm. Then the waiting-maid got upon Falada. but at last he said. this treacherous servant threatened to kill her mistress if she ever told anyone what had happened. and was very glad. and she was led upstairs to the royal chamber. thinking she was the one who was to be his wife. looking at what was going on. and she saw that the poor bride would be in her power. that the bride began to feel very thirsty again. as they drew near the end of their journey. and the prince flew to meet them. but her maid saw it. when they came to a river.' said she. 'I have a lad who takes . and floated away with the water. Sadly. but the true princess was told to stay in the court below. and they went on in this way till at last they came to the royal court. sadly.' But the maid answered her. so she was forced to give up her horse.' The old king could not for some time think of any work for her to do. But Falada saw it all. and the sun so scorching. the maid said. 'I shall ride upon Falada. At last. and lay down.' Then the princess was so thirsty that she got off her horse. and would have got upon Falada again. and held her head over the running stream. so he amused himself by sitting at his kitchen window. that was thus left standing in the court below. 'What will become of me?' And the lock of hair answered her again: 'Alas! alas! if thy mother knew it. 'I brought her with me for the sake of her company on the road. he went up into the royal chamber to ask the bride who it was she had brought with her. would she rue it.But the princess was very gentle and meek. and he saw her in the courtyard. and cried and said. and marked it well. and the real bride rode upon the other horse. she forgot her maid's rude speech. the lock of hair fell from her bosom. and at last.' And as she leaned down to drink. Then all rode farther on their journey. and fetch me some water to drink in my golden cup. now that she had lost the hair. and soon afterwards to take off her royal clothes and put on her maid's shabby ones. There was great joy at their coming.

and cut off the head. there thou hangest!' and the head answered: 'Bride. dales. and drove the geese on. she had done combing and curling her .' Then they went out of the city. by the time he came back.' said the prince. She carried her point. pray do me one piece of kindness. and let down her waving locks of hair. blow! Let Curdken's hat go! Blow. and the faithful Falada was killed. would she rue it. and nailed it up under the dark gate. and when Curdken saw it glitter in the sun. she wept. and tell all she had done to the princess. which were all of pure silver. for it was very unruly. breezes. 'Then tell one of your slaughterers to cut off the head of the horse I rode upon.' 'That I will. and would have pulled some of the locks out. she was very much afraid lest Falada should some day or other speak. but the truth was. and begged the man to nail up Falada's head against a large dark gate of the city. was Curdken. through which she had to pass every morning and evening. that the real bride was to help in watching the king's geese. breezes. and plagued me sadly on the road'. And when she came to the meadow. Early the next morning.' Now the name of this lad. Away be it whirl'd Till the silvery locks Are all comb'd and curl'd! Then there came a wind. as she and Curdken went out through the gate.care of my geese. that there she might still see him sometimes. and away it flew over the hills: and he was forced to turn and run after it. bride. blow! Let him after it go! O'er hills. Sadly. she sat down upon a bank there. till. and rocks. sadly. but she cried: 'Blow. he ran up. Then the slaughterer said he would do as she wished. but when the true princess heard of it. she may go and help him. 'Dear husband. there thou gangest! Alas! alas! if thy mother knew it. But the false bride said to the prince. Falada. so strong that it blew off Curdken's hat. she said sorrowfully: 'Falada.

and sat down again in the meadow. there thou gangest! Alas! alas! if they mother knew it.' Then she drove on the geese. there thou gangest! . bride. blow! Let Curdken's hat go! Blow. and all was safe. instead of doing any good. and had put it up again safe. dales. and when he came back she had bound up her hair again. and wanted to take hold of it. and began to comb out her hair as before. and says: 'Falada. 'I cannot have that strange girl to help me to keep the geese any longer. In the evening. Then he was very angry and sulky. there thou hangest!' and the head answered: 'Bride. Sadly. 'Because. blow! Let him after it go! O'er hills. 'When we go in the morning through the dark gate with our flock of geese. and rocks. sadly.' 'Why?' said the king. would she rue it. over the hills and far away. so that he had to run after it. Away be it whirl'd Till the silvery locks Are all comb'd and curl'd! Then the wind came and blew away his hat. Falada. So they watched the geese till it grew dark. she cries and talks with the head of a horse that hangs upon the wall. Falada.hair. and then drove them homewards. and off it flew a great way. breezes. and Curdken ran up to her. Curdken went to the old king. bride. after they came home. the poor girl looked up at Falada's head. she does nothing but tease me all day long. there thou hangest!' and the head answers: 'Bride. And Curdken said. breezes. and cried: 'Falada. as they were going through the dark gate. and said.' Then the king made him tell him what had happened. but they watched the geese until it grew dark in the evening. but she cried out quickly: 'Blow. The next morning. and would not speak to her at all.

Away be it whirl'd Till the silvery locks Are all comb'd and curl'd! And soon came a gale of wind. and to leave his flock of geese to themselves. blow! Let him after it go! O'er hills. But the old king told the boy to go out again the next day: and when morning came. she was so beautiful. she let down her hair that glittered in the sun. and heard how she spoke to Falada. So he began. how his hat was blown away. and the true one on the other. and how he was forced to run after it. breezes. and carried away Curdken's hat. and hid himself in a bush by the meadow's side. but nobody knew her again. breezes. and away went Curdken after it. and rocks. And the young king rejoiced when he saw her beauty.Alas! alas! if they mother knew it.' But the old king begged so hard. 'That I must not tell you or any man. and heard how meek and patient she had been. and he soon saw with his own eyes how they drove the flock of geese. or I shall lose my life. When they had eaten and drank. the old king said he would tell them a tale. and told all the story of the . and were very merry. All this the old king saw: so he went home without being seen. while the true bride stood by. would she rue it. and without saying anything to the false bride. And then he heard her say: 'Blow. And it was very lucky for her that she did so. and said. from beginning to end. Then he went into the field. for when she had done the king ordered royal clothes to be put upon her. with the false princess on one side. Then he called his son and told him that he had only a false bride. while the girl went on combing and curling her hair. he placed himself behind the dark gate. for her beauty was quite dazzling to their eyes. dales. sadly. for that she was merely a waiting-maid. blow! Let Curdken's hat go! Blow. the king ordered a great feast to be got ready for all his court. The bridegroom sat at the top.' And Curdken went on telling the king what had happened upon the meadow where the geese fed. and gazed on her with wonder. and she did not seem at all like the little goose-girl. that she had no peace till she had told him all the tale. and when the little goose-girl came back in the evening he called her aside. word for word. now that she had her brilliant dress on. Sadly. after a little time. and how. and asked her why she did so: but she burst into tears. and how Falada answered.

This she agreed to do. 'You thieving vagabonds.' 'With all my heart. what business have you in my grounds? I'll give it you well for your insolence!' and upon that she fell upon Chanticleer most lustily. that will never do. and the good fairy came to see them. and that two white horses should be put to it.' 'Thou art she!' said the old king. which was only granted her upon condition that she would draw the carriage home for them. but I'll not draw. they stayed there till the evening. But Chanticleer was no coward. they took it into their heads that it did not become them to go home on foot. 'and as thou has judged thyself. So Chanticleer began to build a little carriage of nutshells: and when it was finished. 'Now. and returned the duck's blows with his sharp spurs so fiercely that she soon began to cry out for mercy. and Chanticleer got upon the box. I do not know: however. as if it was one that he had once heard. I'll sit on the box and be coachman.' said Partlet. and they reigned over the kingdom in peace and happiness all their lives.princess. before the squirrel takes them all away. and as it was a lovely day. HOW THEY WENT TO THE MOUNTAINS TO EAT NUTS 'The nuts are quite ripe now. 'let us go and make a holiday of it together. 'no. and should drag it from street to street till she was dead. get on as fast as you can. stop!' . Now. 'Nothing better. 'That's a good joke!' said Chanticleer.' said Chanticleer to his wife Partlet. and drove. 'suppose we go together to the mountains.' And away they went at a pretty good pace. 'Stop. they met a needle and a pin walking together along the road: and the needle cried out.' So they went to the mountains. After they had travelled along a little way. or whether they were lazy and would not. if you like. duck. whether it was that they had eaten so many nuts that they could not walk. Partlet jumped into it and sat down. and he asked the true waiting-maid what she thought ought to be done to anyone who would behave thus. 'than that she should be thrown into a cask stuck round with sharp nails. so shall it be done to thee. crying. THE ADVENTURES OF CHANTICLEER AND PARTLET 1.' And the young king was then married to his true wife. and bid Chanticleer harness himself to it and draw her home.' said this false bride. and eat as many as we can. a duck came quacking up and cried out. I had rather by half walk home.' While this was passing. and restored the faithful Falada to life again.

and not likely to take up much room. He now flew into a very great passion. the pin. they spoke civilly to him. and seizing them by the heads. and said his house was full. 'Bless me!' said he. oh dear! the needle ran into him. who were fast asleep. stuck one into the landlord's easy chair and the other into his handkerchief. he went to look after them. thinking they might not be very respectable company: however. fetching the egg. having done this. and. and they bespoke a handsome supper. so he swore that he never again would take in such a troop of vagabonds. and waddled about a good deal from one side to the other. paid no reckoning. they made up their minds to fix their quarters there: but the landlord at first was unwilling. but.and said it was so dark that they could hardly find their way. Chanticleer awakened his wife. Chanticleer observing that they were but thin fellows. told them they might ride. who was in the habit of laying one every day: so at last he let them come in. Early in the morning. and when nobody was stirring in the inn. and. had been at a public-house a few miles off. HOW CHANTICLEER AND PARTLET WENT TO VIST MR KORBES . heard them coming. but they were all off. and the duck seemed much tired. and such dirty walking they could not get on at all: he told them that he and his friend. and spent the evening very jollily. nor to tread on Partlet's toes. they pecked a hole in it. 'all the world seems to have a design against my head this morning': and so saying. and as it was bad travelling in the dark. suspecting the company who had come in the night before. soon swam out of their reach. and said they would give him the duck. but the pin ran into him and pricked him: then he walked into the kitchen to light his pipe at the fire. and took his handkerchief to wipe his face. Late at night they arrived at an inn. and. However. An hour or two afterwards the landlord got up. the duck. before it was quite light. and gave him nothing for his trouble but their apish tricks. and had sat drinking till they had forgotten how late it was. and jumping into the brook which ran close by the inn. who slept in the open air in the yard. and almost blinded him. 2. ate it up. he begged therefore that the travellers would be so kind as to give them a lift in their carriage. and gave him the egg which Partlet had laid by the way. they crept away as softly as possible. and this time the pain was not in his head. but when he stirred it up the eggshells flew into his eyes. who ate a great deal. and threw the shells into the fireplace: they then went to the pin and needle. he threw himself sulkily into his easy chair. but made them promise not to dirty the wheels of the carriage in getting in.

Another day, Chanticleer and Partlet wished to ride out together; so Chanticleer built a handsome carriage with four red wheels, and harnessed six mice to it; and then he and Partlet got into the carriage, and away they drove. Soon afterwards a cat met them, and said, 'Where are you going?' And Chanticleer replied, 'All on our way A visit to pay To Mr Korbes, the fox, today.' Then the cat said, 'Take me with you,' Chanticleer said, 'With all my heart: get up behind, and be sure you do not fall off.' 'Take care of this handsome coach of mine, Nor dirty my pretty red wheels so fine! Now, mice, be ready, And, wheels, run steady! For we are going a visit to pay To Mr Korbes, the fox, today.' Soon after came up a millstone, an egg, a duck, and a pin; and Chanticleer gave them all leave to get into the carriage and go with them. When they arrived at Mr Korbes's house, he was not at home; so the mice drew the carriage into the coach-house, Chanticleer and Partlet flew upon a beam, the cat sat down in the fireplace, the duck got into the washing cistern, the pin stuck himself into the bed pillow, the millstone laid himself over the house door, and the egg rolled himself up in the towel. When Mr Korbes came home, he went to the fireplace to make a fire; but the cat threw all the ashes in his eyes: so he ran to the kitchen to wash himself; but there the duck splashed all the water in his face; and when he tried to wipe himself, the egg broke to pieces in the towel all over his face and eyes. Then he was very angry, and went without his supper to bed; but when he laid his head on the pillow, the pin ran into his cheek: at this he became quite furious, and, jumping up, would have run out of the house; but when he came to the door, the millstone fell down on his head, and killed him on the spot. 3. HOW PARTLET DIED AND WAS BURIED, AND HOW CHANTICLEER DIED OF GRIEF Another day Chanticleer and Partlet agreed to go again to the mountains

to eat nuts; and it was settled that all the nuts which they found should be shared equally between them. Now Partlet found a very large nut; but she said nothing about it to Chanticleer, and kept it all to herself: however, it was so big that she could not swallow it, and it stuck in her throat. Then she was in a great fright, and cried out to Chanticleer, 'Pray run as fast as you can, and fetch me some water, or I shall be choked.' Chanticleer ran as fast as he could to the river, and said, 'River, give me some water, for Partlet lies in the mountain, and will be choked by a great nut.' The river said, 'Run first to the bride, and ask her for a silken cord to draw up the water.' Chanticleer ran to the bride, and said, 'Bride, you must give me a silken cord, for then the river will give me water, and the water I will carry to Partlet, who lies on the mountain, and will be choked by a great nut.' But the bride said, 'Run first, and bring me my garland that is hanging on a willow in the garden.' Then Chanticleer ran to the garden, and took the garland from the bough where it hung, and brought it to the bride; and then the bride gave him the silken cord, and he took the silken cord to the river, and the river gave him water, and he carried the water to Partlet; but in the meantime she was choked by the great nut, and lay quite dead, and never moved any more. Then Chanticleer was very sorry, and cried bitterly; and all the beasts came and wept with him over poor Partlet. And six mice built a little hearse to carry her to her grave; and when it was ready they harnessed themselves before it, and Chanticleer drove them. On the way they met the fox. 'Where are you going, Chanticleer?' said he. 'To bury my Partlet,' said the other. 'May I go with you?' said the fox. 'Yes; but you must get up behind, or my horses will not be able to draw you.' Then the fox got up behind; and presently the wolf, the bear, the goat, and all the beasts of the wood, came and climbed upon the hearse. So on they went till they came to a rapid stream. 'How shall we get over?' said Chanticleer. Then said a straw, 'I will lay myself across, and you may pass over upon me.' But as the mice were going over, the straw slipped away and fell into the water, and the six mice all fell in and were drowned. What was to be done? Then a large log of wood came and said, 'I am big enough; I will lay myself across the stream, and you shall pass over upon me.' So he laid himself down; but they managed so clumsily, that the log of wood fell in and was carried away by the stream. Then a stone, who saw what had happened, came up and kindly offered to help poor Chanticleer by laying himself across the stream; and this time he got safely to the other side with the hearse, and managed to get Partlet out of it; but the fox and the other mourners, who were sitting behind, were too heavy, and fell back into the water and were all carried away by the stream and drowned.

Thus Chanticleer was left alone with his dead Partlet; and having dug a grave for her, he laid her in it, and made a little hillock over her. Then he sat down by the grave, and wept and mourned, till at last he died too; and so all were dead.

RAPUNZEL There were once a man and a woman who had long in vain wished for a child. At length the woman hoped that God was about to grant her desire. These people had a little window at the back of their house from which a splendid garden could be seen, which was full of the most beautiful flowers and herbs. It was, however, surrounded by a high wall, and no one dared to go into it because it belonged to an enchantress, who had great power and was dreaded by all the world. One day the woman was standing by this window and looking down into the garden, when she saw a bed which was planted with the most beautiful rampion (rapunzel), and it looked so fresh and green that she longed for it, she quite pined away, and began to look pale and miserable. Then her husband was alarmed, and asked: 'What ails you, dear wife?' 'Ah,' she replied, 'if I can't eat some of the rampion, which is in the garden behind our house, I shall die.' The man, who loved her, thought: 'Sooner than let your wife die, bring her some of the rampion yourself, let it cost what it will.' At twilight, he clambered down over the wall into the garden of the enchantress, hastily clutched a handful of rampion, and took it to his wife. She at once made herself a salad of it, and ate it greedily. It tasted so good to her--so very good, that the next day she longed for it three times as much as before. If he was to have any rest, her husband must once more descend into the garden. In the gloom of evening therefore, he let himself down again; but when he had clambered down the wall he was terribly afraid, for he saw the enchantress standing before him. 'How can you dare,' said she with angry look, 'descend into my garden and steal my rampion like a thief? You shall suffer for it!' 'Ah,' answered he, 'let mercy take the place of justice, I only made up my mind to do it out of necessity. My wife saw your rampion from the window, and felt such a longing for it that she would have died if she had not got some to eat.' Then the enchantress allowed her anger to be softened, and said to him: 'If the case be as you say, I will allow you to take away with you as much rampion as you will, only I make one condition, you must give me the child which your wife will bring into the world; it shall be well treated, and I will care for it like a mother.' The man in his terror consented to everything, and when the woman was brought to bed, the enchantress appeared at once, gave the child the name of Rapunzel, and took it away with her.

Rapunzel grew into the most beautiful child under the sun. When she was twelve years old, the enchantress shut her into a tower, which lay in a forest, and had neither stairs nor door, but quite at the top was a little window. When the enchantress wanted to go in, she placed herself beneath it and cried: 'Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let down your hair to me.' Rapunzel had magnificent long hair, fine as spun gold, and when she heard the voice of the enchantress she unfastened her braided tresses, wound them round one of the hooks of the window above, and then the hair fell twenty ells down, and the enchantress climbed up by it. After a year or two, it came to pass that the king's son rode through the forest and passed by the tower. Then he heard a song, which was so charming that he stood still and listened. This was Rapunzel, who in her solitude passed her time in letting her sweet voice resound. The king's son wanted to climb up to her, and looked for the door of the tower, but none was to be found. He rode home, but the singing had so deeply touched his heart, that every day he went out into the forest and listened to it. Once when he was thus standing behind a tree, he saw that an enchantress came there, and he heard how she cried: 'Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let down your hair to me.' Then Rapunzel let down the braids of her hair, and the enchantress climbed up to her. 'If that is the ladder by which one mounts, I too will try my fortune,' said he, and the next day when it began to grow dark, he went to the tower and cried: 'Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let down your hair to me.' Immediately the hair fell down and the king's son climbed up. At first Rapunzel was terribly frightened when a man, such as her eyes had never yet beheld, came to her; but the king's son began to talk to her quite like a friend, and told her that his heart had been so stirred that it had let him have no rest, and he had been forced to see her. Then Rapunzel lost her fear, and when he asked her if she would take him for her husband, and she saw that he was young and handsome, she thought: 'He will love me more than old Dame Gothel does'; and she said yes, and laid her hand in his. She said: 'I will willingly go away with

' The king's son was beside himself with pain. and did naught but lament and weep over the loss of his dearest wife. 'you would fetch your dearest. you will never see her again. and when that is ready I will descend. and in his despair he leapt down from the tower. but I do not know how to get down. and will scratch out your eyes as well. wrapped them twice round her left hand. Thus he roamed about in misery for some years. . to the hook of the window. which she had cut off. Then he wandered quite blind about the forest. happy and contented. The enchantress remarked nothing of this. the cat has got it. and they lived for a long time afterwards. until once Rapunzel said to her: 'Tell me. He led her to his kingdom where he was joyfully received.' cried the enchantress. and yet you have deceived me!' In her anger she clutched Rapunzel's beautiful tresses. snap. but the beautiful bird sits no longer singing in the nest. and I will weave a ladder with it. and snip. And she was so pitiless that she took poor Rapunzel into a desert where she had to live in great grief and misery. Rapunzel is lost to you. but instead of finding his dearest Rapunzel. but the thorns into which he fell pierced his eyes.you. he found the enchantress. and he could see with them as before. a boy and a girl. 'What do I hear you say! I thought I had separated you from all the world. Rapunzel knew him and fell on his neck and wept. Let down your hair to me. and at length came to the desert where Rapunzel.' 'Ah! you wicked child. Bring with you a skein of silk every time that you come. seized a pair of scissors with the right. The king's son ascended. the enchantress fastened the braids of hair. who gazed at him with wicked and venomous looks. with the twins to which she had given birth. Rapunzel. however. how it happens that you are so much heavier for me to draw up than the young king's son--he is with me in a moment. and when he approached. they were cut off. He heard a voice.' she let the hair down. lived in wretchedness. ate nothing but roots and berries. and when the king's son came and cried: 'Rapunzel. Dame Gothel. Two of her tears wetted his eyes and they grew clear again. and the lovely braids lay on the ground. 'Aha!' she cried mockingly. He escaped with his life. for the old woman came by day.' They agreed that until that time he should come to her every evening. and you will take me on your horse. and it seemed so familiar to him that he went towards it. On the same day that she cast out Rapunzel.

I will throw in Fundevogel. but we will get up quickly. Then Lina said to Fundevogel: 'If you will never leave me. And the one. I will tell you why. dress ourselves. snatched it away.' He took it home. brought the child down. therefore. and bring him up with your Lina. she would set the kettle full of water. and when he was gone the children were still in bed.' Early next morning the forester got up and went out hunting.' So Lina said. and did not go once only. old Sanna carried so many buckets of water into the house that I asked her why she was doing that. had flown down. and the two children grew up together. When the water in the kettle was boiling. and a bird of prey had seen it in her arms. and she said that early tomorrow morning when father was out hunting. who one evening took two pails and began to fetch water. and then the cook said: 'Early tomorrow morning. I too will never leave you. Then she was terribly alarmed. were sitting outside the . The children. which he had found on a tree was called Fundevogel. because a bird had carried it away. and when it is boiling in the kettle.' Then the cook sent three servants after them. I will heat the water. the cook went into the bedroom to fetch Fundevogel and throw him into it. Now the forester had an old cook. and at last came to a high tree. The forester climbed up. when the forester is out hunting. Last night.FUNDEVOGEL There was once a forester who went into the forest to hunt. out to the spring. and she said to herself: 'What shall I say now when the forester comes home and sees that the children are gone? They must be followed instantly to get them back again. no. old Sanna.' Then said Lina: 'Then will I tell you. for the mother had fallen asleep under the tree with the child.' Fundevogel said: 'Neither now. and as he entered it he heard a sound of screaming as if a little child were there. He followed the sound. however. and will boil him in it. and go away together. nor ever will I leave you. and went away. and went to the beds. both the children were gone. but many times. who were to run and overtake the children. and at the top of this a little child was sitting. and set it on the high tree. and she said that if I would promise not to tell anyone.' The two children therefore got up. Lina saw this and said. dressed themselves quickly. Fundevogel and Lina loved each other so dearly that when they did not see each other they were sad. she would never repeat it to anyone. 'Listen. throw you into it and boil you. But when she came in. and thought to himself: 'You will take him home with you. why are you fetching so much water?' 'If you will never repeat it to anyone.

here you will get rid of your goods. never leave me. and I will be the duck upon it. and called: 'Come up here. the cook asked if they had not found them. and went with the three servants in pursuit of the children. cheap!' This rang pleasantly in the tailor's ears. and I will never leave you.' Fundevogel said: 'Neither now. came up to them. nor ever. never leave me. and sewed with all his might. Then the children went home together. and . The children.' So when the three servants came. But the duck swam quickly to her. and the cook waddling after them. they are living still.' Said Lina: 'Be a fishpond. saw them coming from a distance. you should have cut the rose-bush in two. Then said they: 'There is nothing to be done here. and there was a chandelier in it. nothing was there but a church. and I will never leave you. and was about to drink it up. dear woman. THE VALIANT LITTLE TAILOR One summer's morning a little tailor was sitting on his table by the window. put his nose to it.' Then said Fundevogel: 'Neither now. however. And the cook scolded them and said: 'You fools! why did you not pull the church to pieces. lifted it up.' When the three servants came to the forest. and if they have not died. saw from afar that the three servants were coming.' Said Lina: 'Then do you become a church.' and they went home and told the cook that they had seen nothing in the forest but a little rose-bush with one rose on it. and do it at once. nor ever. and bring the chandelier home with you?' And now the old cook herself got on her legs. and when she saw the pond she lay down by it. cheap! Good jams. nothing was there but a rose-tree and one rose on it. they had found nothing but a church.forest.' Then said Lina: 'Do you become a rose-tree. Then Lina said: 'Fundevogel. Lina said to Fundevogel: 'Never leave me. The children. and when they saw from afar the three servants running. Then said Lina: 'Fundevogel. but the children were nowhere. with a chandelier in it. he stretched his delicate head out of the window. let us go home. and were heartily delighted.' They had therefore to go out and look for the second time. and have broken off the rose and brought it home with you.' When they got home. he was in good spirits. seized her head in its beak and drew her into the water. and I'll be the chandelier in it. however. so they said no. and he made her unpack all the pots for him.' The cook. They said therefore to each other: 'What can we do here. nor ever. however. Then came a peasant woman down the street crying: 'Good jams. He inspected each one. go. Then the old cook scolded and said: 'You simpletons. and I will never leave you. and there the old witch had to drown. and I the rose upon it.' The woman came up the three steps to the tailor with her heavy basket.' Fundevogel said: 'Neither now.

The little tailor at last lost all patience. and embroidered on it in large letters: 'Seven at one stroke!' 'What. and resolved to go forth into the world. and that he put in his pocket. dear woman. and could not help admiring his own bravery.' 'Is . and showed the giant the girdle. would not be turned away. 'Are you a fellow of that sort?' said he. and want to try my luck. he wished to try him first. stitched it. 'there may you read what kind of a man I am!' The giant read: 'Seven at one stroke. there sat a powerful giant looking peacefully about him. 'and give me health and strength'. and in his joy. 'Now. spoke to him. because he thought his workshop was too small for his valour. 'Do that likewise. Before he went away. there lay before him no fewer than seven. so weigh me out four ounces. but went away quite angry and grumbling. 'Hi! who invited you?' said the little tailor. this jam shall be blessed by God. the town!' he continued. The road led him up a mountain. and said: 'Good day. and they were attracted and descended on it in hosts. 'This won't taste bitter. 'The whole town shall know of this!' And the little tailor hastened to cut himself a girdle.' struck it mercilessly on them. who understood no German. and took a stone in his hand and squeezed it together so that water dropped out of it. and said: 'You ragamuffin! You miserable creature!' 'Oh. dead and with legs stretched out. and began to feel a little respect for the tiny fellow. and saying: 'Wait.' He laid the bread near him. When he drew it away and counted.' said the giant. and I will give it to you. In the meantime the smell of the sweet jam rose to where the flies were sitting in great numbers. he sought about in the house to see if there was anything which he could take with him. The tailor put on the girdle. cut himself a piece right across the loaf and spread the jam over it.' The woman who had hoped to find a good sale. and drove the unbidden guests away. he found nothing but an old cheese. and unbuttoned his coat.' said he. sewed on. and when he had reached the highest point of it. and if it is a quarter of a pound that is of no consequence. however.' cried the little tailor.at length said: 'The jam seems to me to be good. gave him what he desired. In front of the door he observed a bird which had caught itself in the thicket. The little tailor went bravely up. Nevertheless. made bigger and bigger stitches. so he brought the bread out of the cupboard. indeed?' answered the little tailor.' and thought that they had been men whom the tailor had killed. Have you any inclination to go with me?' The giant looked contemptuously at the tailor. 'the whole world shall hear of it!' and his heart wagged with joy like a lamb's tail. he felt no fatigue. The flies. 'but I will just finish the jacket before I take a bite. however. and drew a piece of cloth from the hole under his work-table. but came back again in ever-increasing companies. 'if you have strength. Now he took to the road boldly. It had to go into his pocket with the cheese. comrade. so you are sitting there overlooking the wide-spread world! I am just on my way thither. and as he was light and nimble.

'but now we will see if you are able to carry anything properly. could go no further.' and he put his hand into his pocket. bent it down. and said to the giant: 'You are such a great fellow. I will throw you one which shall never come back at all. and threw it into the air. took out the bird. and cried: 'Hark you. The bird. who could not look round. and whistled the song: 'Three tailors rode forth from the gate. But the little tailor was much too weak to hold the tree. flew away and did not come back.' as if carrying the tree were child's play. little mite of a man. rose. do that likewise. delighted with its liberty. When they went into the cave.' answered the little man.' 'Readily. the giant said: 'What is this? Have you not strength enough to hold the weak twig?' 'There is no lack of strength. after all. it sprang back again. and the little tailor into the bargain: he behind. and pressed it until the liquid ran out of it. and the giant. they are the heaviest. Jump as I did.' The little tailor was willing. and I will raise up the branches and twigs.' answered the little tailor. and the tailor was tossed into the air with it. 'take you the trunk on your shoulders.' said the giant. was quite merry and happy. gave it into the tailor's hand. The giant. 'but after all the stone came down to earth again. so that in this also the tailor kept the upper hand. help me to carry the tree out of the forest. if you can do it. 'Do you think that could be anything to a man who has struck down seven at one blow? I leapt over the tree because the huntsmen are shooting down there in the thicket. The giant said: 'If you are such a valiant fellow. and remained hanging in the branches. the giant laid hold of the top of the tree where the ripest fruit was hanging. brought out the soft cheese. had to carry away the whole tree. wasn't it?' The giant did not know what to say.' The giant made the attempt but he could not get over the tree. 'that was a little better. other giants were sitting . Then the giant picked up a stone and threw it so high that the eye could scarcely follow it.' said the tailor. come with me into our cavern and spend the night with us. seized the tree with both arms as if he had been carrying it. 'Faith.' The giant took the trunk on his shoulder.' 'Well thrown. after he had dragged the heavy burden part of the way. and when the giant let it go. but the tailor seated himself on a branch. 'You can certainly throw. comrade?' asked the tailor. 'that is child's play with us!' and put his hand into his pocket. 'Now.that all?' said the tailor. and followed him. and could not believe it of the little man. I shall have to let the tree fall!' The tailor sprang nimbly down. 'How does that shot please you.' said he. and as they passed a cherry-tree. and yet cannot even carry the tree!' They went on together. When he had fallen down again without injury. and said: 'If you are strong enough.' He took the little tailor to a mighty oak tree which lay there felled on the ground. and bade him eat.

' 'Ah!' said they. and read on his girdle: 'Seven at one stroke. wished that he had never set eyes on the tailor. But he did not venture to give him his dismissal. and gave it as their opinion that if war should break out. seven of us will fall at every blow. and said he was to lie down in it and sleep. and he sent one of his courtiers to the little tailor to offer him military service when he awoke. waited until he stretched his limbs and opened his eyes. and place himself on the royal throne.' He was therefore honourably received. but crept into a corner. The soldiers. The counsel pleased the king. always following his own pointed nose. 'If we quarrel with him. . and the giant thought that the little tailor was lying in a sound sleep. took a great iron bar. this would be a weighty and useful man who ought on no account to be allowed to depart. were set against the little tailor. 'We are not prepared.there by the fire. betook themselves in a body to the king. 'what does the great warrior want here in the midst of peace? He must be a mighty lord. The little tailor looked round and thought: 'It is much more spacious here than in my workshop.' They went and announced him to the king. he lay down on the grass and fell asleep. he got up. and he strikes about him. He sent to the little tailor and caused him to be informed that as he was a great warrior. not one of us can stand against him. he had one request to make to him. and then conveyed to him this proposal. and would willingly have been rid of him again.' The giant showed him a bed. they were afraid that he would strike them all dead. however. cut through the bed with one blow.' said they.' The king was sorry that for the sake of one he should lose all his faithful servants. and begged for their dismissal. he did not lie down in it. After he had walked for a long time. 'For this very reason have I come here. and a special dwelling was assigned him. and as he felt weary. He thought about it for a long time. when all at once he walked up to them quite merrily and boldly. With the earliest dawn the giants went into the forest. The little tailor went onwards. for he dreaded lest he should strike him and all his people dead. the people came and inspected him on all sides. however. 'What is to be the end of this?' they said among themselves. and wished him a thousand miles away. and each of them had a roasted sheep in his hand and was eating it. 'to stay with a man who kills seven at one stroke. was too big for the little tailor. and at last found good counsel. and thought he had finished off the grasshopper for good. In a forest of his country lived two giants.' They came therefore to a decision. and ran away in a great hurry. and had quite forgotten the little tailor.' the tailor replied. Whilst he lay there. he came to the courtyard of a royal palace. When it was midnight. The giants were terrified. The bed. The ambassador remained standing by the sleeper. 'I am ready to enter the king's service.

'I am not knocking you. he slipped down by a branch.' Then he bounded into the forest and looked about right and left. When he came to the outskirts of the forest. and the hundred horsemen followed him.' They laid themselves down to sleep again. and then went out to the horsemen and said: 'The work is done. 'What is the meaning of this?' cried the other 'Why are you pelting me?' 'I am not pelting you. 'One is not offered a beautiful princess and half a kingdom every day of one's life!' 'Oh.' The little tailor went forth. Then the little tailor leapt down. For a long time the giant felt nothing. and defended themselves with them. but at last he awoke. that at last they both fell down dead on the ground at the same time. 'they have not bent one hair of mine. and then let one stone after another fall on the breast of one of the giants. and with these climbed up the tree. and their eyes closed once more. and snored so that the branches waved up and down. who can kill seven at one blow. and do not require the help of the hundred horsemen to do it. murdering. The other paid him back in the same coin. he would give him his only daughter to wife. 'That would indeed be a fine thing for a man like me!' thought the little tailor.' said the other.' The . gathered two pocketsful of stones. 'That is too bad!' cried he. but it was hard work! They tore up trees in their sore need. I alone will soon finish off the giants. After a while he perceived both giants. growling. and no one could approach them without putting himself in danger of death. 'You need not concern yourself about that.' he replied. The little tailor. not idle.who caused great mischief with their robbing.' He drew out his sword and gave each of them a couple of thrusts in the breast. I have finished both of them off. and half of his kingdom as a dowry.' answered the first. until he sat just above the sleepers. ravaging. If the tailor conquered and killed these two giants.' answered the tailor. and they got into such a rage that they tore up trees and belaboured each other so long. likewise one hundred horsemen should go with him to assist him. picked out the biggest stone. pushed his comrade. 'It is a lucky thing. and burning. They lay sleeping under a tree. They disputed about it for a time. 'that they did not tear up the tree on which I was sitting. and said: 'Why are you knocking me?' 'You must be dreaming. and sprang up like a madman. and pushed his companion against the tree until it shook.' said he. and then the tailor threw a stone down on the second. but all that is to no purpose when a man like myself comes.' 'But are you not wounded?' asked the horsemen. he said to his followers: 'Just stay waiting here. yes. but we tailors are nimble. and threw it with all his might on the breast of the first giant. or I should have had to sprint on to another like a squirrel. The little tailor began his game again. but as they were weary they let the matter rest. he who can hit seven with one blow has no need to be afraid of two. 'I will soon subdue the giants. When he was halfway up.

' 'I fear one unicorn still less than two giants. it would have gone to his heart still more than it did. 'Softly. but the hero fled and sprang into a chapel which was near and up to the window at once. When the boar perceived the tailor. softly. The boar ran after him. The king still would not give him the promised reward. and the half of my kingdom. whether he liked it or not. In the forest roams a unicorn which does great harm. and then the raging beast. but a little tailor who was standing before him. Before the wedding the tailor was to catch him a wild boar that made great havoc in the forest. and when all was ready he led the beast away and took it to the king. The little tailor called the huntsmen thither that they might see the prisoner with their own eyes. obliged to keep his promise. The wedding was held with great magnificence and small joy. 'Willingly. for the wild boar had several times received them in such a manner that they had no inclination to lie in wait for him. and stood still and waited until the animal was quite close. The unicorn ran against the tree with all its strength.' He took a rope and an axe with him. and in one bound out again. which was much too heavy and awkward to leap out of the window. he. The unicorn soon came towards him. and stuck its horn so fast in the trunk that it had not the strength enough to draw it out again. and you must catch it first. Had he known that it was no warlike hero. and rode into the forest. as if it would gore him with its horn without more ado.' said he. and then sprang nimbly behind the tree. was caught. it can't be done as quickly as that. who was now. repented of his promise. and they were well pleased that he did not. He had not long to seek. and again bethought himself how he could get rid of the hero. The little tailor demanded of the king the promised reward. and all round about lay the torn-up trees. and made a third demand. 'Before you receive my daughter.' said he to him. and gave his daughter and the half of his kingdom. and again bade those who were sent with him to wait outside. and was about to throw him to the ground. however. and the huntsmen should give him their help. and rushed directly on the tailor. Seven at one blow. 'that is child's play!' He did not take the huntsmen with him into the forest. however. but the tailor ran round outside and shut the door behind it. went to the king. . and came out from behind the tree and put the rope round its neck. I have got the bird. The hero. and then with his axe he hewed the horn out of the tree. 'Now. 'you must perform one more heroic deed. is my kind of affair.horsemen would not believe him. there they found the giants swimming in their blood. went forth into the forest.' said the tailor. it ran on him with foaming mouth and whetted tusks. and out of a tailor a king was made. and thus it was caught.' said the tailor.

opened the door. 'I will not do that. and when she thought that he had fallen asleep. At night he went to bed with his wife at the usual time. and take him on board a ship which shall carry him into the wide world. husband. I brought away one unicorn. there we will light a fire for them. who was only pretending to be asleep. and when he has fallen asleep shall go in.' said the little tailor. he groaned and said to his wife: 'What is to become of us? How are we to feed our poor children.' The woman was satisfied with this. HANSEL AND GRETEL Hard by a great forest dwelt a poor wood-cutter with his wife and his two children. and am I to fear those who are standing outside the room. and ran as if the wild huntsman were behind them. Now when he thought over this by night in his bed. and next morning complained of her wrongs to her father. was friendly with the young lord. wife. and then lay down again. and my servants shall stand outside. 'then we must all four die of hunger. So the little tailor was and remained a king to the end of his life. He had little to bite and to break. and we shall be rid of them. or I will rap the yard-measure over your ears. you may as well plane the planks for our .' 'No. I killed two giants. and give each of them one more piece of bread. and patch the pantaloons. 'I'll put a screw into that business. he could no longer procure even daily bread. when we no longer have anything even for ourselves?' 'I'll tell you what. and informed him of the whole plot.' said the man. 'early tomorrow morning we will take the children out into the forest to where it is the thickest. who had heard all. and then we will go to our work and leave them alone. you fool!' said she. and none of them would venture anything further against him. but the king's armour-bearer.' When these men heard the tailor speaking thus. she got up. how can I bear to leave my children alone in the forest?--the wild animals would soon come and tear them to pieces. make me the doublet and patch me the pantaloons. The boy was called Hansel and the girl Gretel. The king comforted her and said: 'Leave your bedroom door open this night. make me the doublet. and tossed about in his anxiety. and once when great dearth fell on the land. bind him. and caught a wild boar. They will not find the way home again.' 'O. who was nothing else but a tailor. and begged him to help her to get rid of her husband.' answered the woman. began to cry out in a clear voice: 'Boy.' Then she discovered in what state of life the young lord had been born. I smote seven at one blow.After some time the young queen heard her husband say in his dreams at night: 'Boy. The little tailor. or else I will rap the yard-measure over your ears. they were overcome by a great dread.

And as they had been sitting such a long time. that is the morning sun which is shining on the chimneys. The two children had also not been able to sleep for hunger. and they fell fast asleep. Gretel. but a branch which he had fastened to a withered tree which the wind was blowing backwards and forwards. It was not the axe. and when the flames were burning very high.' and he lay down again in his bed. and crept outside. their eyes closed with fatigue. 'I am looking at my little white cat. and when noon came. it was already dark night. put on his little coat. as high as a little hill.' and she left him no peace until he consented. and said: 'There is something for your dinner. When we have done. 'do not distress yourself. saying: 'Get up. lay yourselves down by the fire and rest.' Hansel and Gretel gathered brushwood together. The moon shone brightly. and said to Hansel: 'Now all is over with us. 'But I feel very sorry for the poor children. Hansel stooped and stuffed the little pocket of his coat with as many as he could get in. When day dawned.' The wife said: 'Fool. Gretel began to cry and . and the white pebbles which lay in front of the house glittered like real silver pennies.' said Hansel.' Hansel. we will go into the forest and cut some wood. and sleep in peace. each ate a little piece of bread. you sluggards! we are going into the forest to fetch wood.' Gretel took the bread under her apron. When at last they awoke. we will come back and fetch you away. for you will get nothing else. however.' 'Be quiet. but do not eat it up before then. pile up some wood.' And when the old folks had fallen asleep. as Hansel had the pebbles in his pocket.' Hansel and Gretel sat by the fire. the woman came and awoke the two children.' 'Ah. and as they heard the strokes of the wood-axe they believed that their father was near.' She gave each a little piece of bread. Then they all set out together on the way to the forest. The brushwood was lighted. dear little sister. all the same. the woman said: 'Now. children. God will not forsake us. that is not your little cat. Then he went back and said to Gretel: 'Be comforted. When they had walked a short time. and do not forget how to use your legs. but had been constantly throwing one of the white pebble-stones out of his pocket on the road. I will soon find a way to help us.' said the man. Hansel stood still and peeped back at the house. he got up. however. and had heard what their stepmother had said to their father. had not been looking back at the cat. When they had reached the middle of the forest. but before the sun had risen. the father said: 'Now. His father said: 'Hansel. and wants to say goodbye to me. father. opened the door below. Gretel wept bitter tears.' said Hansel. which is sitting up on the roof. what are you looking at there and staying behind for? Pay attention.coffins. children. and I will light a fire that you may not be cold. and did so again and again.

we have one half loaf left. rejoiced.' answered Hansel. 'Fool!' said the woman.' Hansel. you children. and the mother said: 'Just sit there. They walked the whole night long. Hansel again got up.' 'I am looking back at my little pigeon which is sitting on the roof. why have you slept so long in the forest?--we thought you were never coming back at all!' The father. that is the morning sun that is shining on the chimney. Then a great fire was again made. there was once more great dearth throughout the land. When the old folks were asleep. there is no other means of saving ourselves!' The man's heart was heavy. but scolded and reproached him. and wanted to go out and pick up pebbles as he had done before. were still awake and had heard the conversation. and by break of day came once more to their father's house. he had to do so a second time also. and when the woman opened it and saw that it was Hansel and Gretel. Gretel. The children. and said: 'Do not cry. and the children heard their mother saying at night to their father: 'Everything is eaten again.said: 'How are we to get out of the forest now?' But Hansel comforted her and said: 'Just wait a little. and he thought: 'It would be better for you to share the last mouthful with your children. and often stood still and threw a morsel on the ground. He who says A must say B. The woman led the children still deeper into the forest. and took the children out of their beds. we will take them farther into the wood. The children must go. and that is the end. until the moon has risen. would listen to nothing that he had to say. 'that is not your little pigeon. Nevertheless he comforted his little sister. and Hansel could not get out. Hansel took his little sister by the hand. 'Hansel. On the way into the forest Hansel crumbled his in his pocket. and wants to say goodbye to me. and followed the pebbles which shone like newly-coined silver pieces. where they had never in their lives been before. the good God will help us. why do you stop and look round?' said the father. however little by little. and as he had yielded the first time.' The woman. go to sleep quietly. threw all the crumbs on the path. for it had cut him to the heart to leave them behind alone. likewise. but it was still smaller than the time before. Their piece of bread was given to them. so that they will not find their way out again. however. however. however. but the woman had locked the door. and then we will soon find the way. and when you are tired .' Early in the morning came the woman. she said: 'You naughty children. and showed them the way. They knocked at the door. Not long afterwards.' And when the full moon had risen. 'go on.

and then we shall see the crumbs of bread which I have strewn about. which sang so delightfully that they stood still and listened to it. gnaw. They did not awake until it was dark night. but they always came deeper into the forest. Then they fell asleep and evening passed. and you Gretel. And as they were so weary that their legs would carry them no longer. the wind. They walked the whole night and all the next day too from morning till evening. until the moon rises. 'We will set to work on that. and Gretel pushed out the whole of one round window-pane.' but they did not find it. The heaven-born wind. tore down a great piece of it. for they had nothing to eat but two or three berries.' said Hansel. Hansel said to Gretel: 'We shall soon find the way. which grew on the ground. who . It was now three mornings since they had left their father's house. can eat some of the window. Suddenly the door opened. but they did not get out of the forest. on the roof of which it alighted.you may sleep a little. they will show us our way home again. who liked the taste of the roof. And when its song was over. they lay down beneath a tree and fell asleep. Gretel. I will eat a bit of the roof. and were very hungry. Then a soft voice cried from the parlour: 'Nibble. for the many thousands of birds which fly about in the woods and fields had picked them all up. Who is nibbling at my little house?' The children answered: 'The wind.' When it was noon. they saw a beautiful snow-white bird sitting on a bough. Hansel. When it was mid-day. who had scattered his by the way. we will come and fetch you away. and they followed it until they reached a little house. but that the windows were of clear sugar. sat down. but they found no crumbs. and when they approached the little house they saw that it was built of bread and covered with cakes. and a woman as old as the hills.' Hansel reached up above. and Gretel leant against the window and nibbled at the panes.' and went on eating without disturbing themselves. it spread its wings and flew away before them. nibble. and if help did not come soon. but no one came to the poor children. it will taste sweet. we are going into the forest to cut wood.' When the moon came they set out. and enjoyed herself with it. They began to walk again. and broke off a little of the roof to try how it tasted. and in the evening when we are done. 'and have a good meal. and Hansel comforted his little sister and said: 'Just wait. they must die of hunger and weariness. Gretel shared her piece of bread with Hansel.

Scream as he might. When a child fell into her power. Let Hansel be fat or lean.' Gretel began to weep bitterly. When Hansel and Gretel came into her neighbourhood. Witches have red eyes. she was seized with impatience and would not wait any longer. could not see it. tomorrow I will kill him. Gretel. and Hansel and Gretel lay down in them. and how her tears did flow down her cheeks! 'Dear God. and is to be made fat. Afterwards two pretty little beds were covered with clean white linen. but Gretel got nothing but crab-shells. I will eat him. she was already up. do help us. And now the best food was cooked for poor Hansel. 'If the wild beasts in the forest had but devoured us. and cried: 'Hansel. and said: 'Oh.' Ah. it would not help him. and are aware when human beings draw near. fetch some water. and had only built the little house of bread in order to entice them there. came creeping out. she laughed with malice. and cook him. for she was forced to do what the wicked witch commanded.' . Hansel and Gretel were so terribly frightened that they let fall what they had in their hands. and Hansel still remained thin. The old woman. who lay in wait for children. however. stretch out your finger that I may feel if you will soon be fat. 'stir yourself. with sugar. No harm shall happen to you. and thought they were in heaven. Then she went to Gretel. but they have a keen scent like the beasts. lazy thing. who has brought you here? do come in. Then good food was set before them. however. milk and pancakes. 'it won't help you at all.' she cried. shook her till she awoke. she killed it. stretched out a little bone to her. apples. and stay with me. and said mockingly: 'I have them. then.supported herself on crutches. who had dim eyes. how the poor little sister did lament when she had to fetch the water. with their plump and rosy cheeks she muttered to herself: 'That will be a dainty mouthful!' Then she seized Hansel with her shrivelled hand. The old woman had only pretended to be so kind. she was in reality a wicked witch. and thought it was Hansel's finger. When four weeks had gone by.' Hansel.' She took them both by the hand. cooked and ate it.' 'Just keep your noise to yourself. 'Now.' said the old woman. and was astonished that there was no way of fattening him.' she cried to the girl. and led them into her little house. When he is fat. and cook something good for your brother. Every morning the woman crept to the little stable. and when she saw both of them sleeping and looking so pretty. but it was all in vain. and the old woman. he is in the stable outside. nodded her head. and cannot see far. and bring some water. they shall not escape me again!' Early in the morning before the children were awake. we should at any rate have died together. carried him into a little stable. and locked him in behind a grated door. you dear children. and nuts. and that was a feast day with her. and cried: 'Get up.

they came to a great stretch of water. I can get in myself!' and she crept up and thrust her head into the oven. dost thou see. they went into the witch's house.' said the old woman.' And once Gretel was inside. opened his little stable. she shall take us across. Then Gretel gave her a push that drove her far into it.' The duck came to them. Hansel and Gretel are waiting for thee? There's never a plank. Gretel .' said Hansel. from which flames of fire were already darting. 'But now we must be off. she intended to shut the oven and let her bake in it. and when they were once safely across and had walked for a short time. 'and see if it is properly heated. rushed into the parlour. and Gretel said: 'I. Then they began to run.' said the witch. she will help us over.' Then she cried: 'Little duck. 'We cannot cross.' She pushed poor Gretel out to the oven.' said the old woman. Take us across on thy back so white. little duck. and shut the iron door. and Hansel seated himself on its back.Early in the morning.' When they had walked for two hours. and threw themselves round their father's neck. and then she would eat her. or bridge in sight. 'that we may get out of the witch's forest. 'that will be too heavy for the little duck.' 'And there is also no ferry.' The good little duck did so. but Gretel ran away and the godless witch was miserably burnt to death. and in every corner there stood chests full of pearls and jewels. just look. too. and light the fire. and fastened the bolt. how do I get in?' 'Silly goose. 'These are far better than pebbles!' said Hansel. Gretel had to go out and hang up the cauldron with the water. 'I have already heated the oven. and dance about and kiss each other! And as they had no longer any need to fear her.' and filled her pinafore full. 'No. and cried: 'Hansel. one after the other. the woman. Oh! then she began to howl quite horribly. we are saved! The old witch is dead!' Then Hansel sprang like a bird from its cage when the door is opened. and kneaded the dough. was dead. 'Creep in. The man had not known one happy hour since he had left the children in the forest.' answered Gretel. How they did rejoice and embrace each other. and said: 'I do not know how I am to do it. too. 'The door is big enough.' replied Gretel. ran like lightning to Hansel. 'We will bake first. But Gretel saw what she had in mind. 'I see no foot-plank. and thrust into his pockets whatever could be got in. will take something home with me. and no bridge. so that we can put the bread in. the forest seemed to be more and more familiar to them. Gretel.' said Hansel. and at length they saw from afar their father's house. however. 'but a white duck is swimming there: if I ask her. and told his sister to sit by him. however.

and to try some other way of arranging the work. and to the bird to fetch the water. When people are too well off they always begin to long for something new. For. and had been a fool into the bargain. and then these two waited till the sausage returned with the fuel for the following day. the bird remained master of the situation. a bird. THE BIRD. and it fell to the sausage to bring in the wood. they could sleep their fill till the following morning: and that was really a very delightful life. But the . Then. THE MOUSE. Influenced by those remarks. the bird next morning refused to bring in the wood. a mouse. The bird's duty was to fly daily into the wood and bring in fuel. they sat down to table. whosoever catches it. and the venture had to be made. They therefore drew lots. The sausage had only to watch the pot to see that the food was properly cooked. My tale is done. and there they were. there runs a mouse. entered into partnership and set up house together. may make himself a big fur cap out of it. and the mouse put on the pot. Beg and pray as the mouse and the sausage might. met a fellow bird. and that it was now time to make a change. telling the others that he had been their servant long enough. and a sausage. when the bird came home and had laid aside his burden. Then all anxiety was at an end. they lived in great comfort. he just threw himself into the broth. But the other bird sneered at him for being a poor simpleton. while out one day. and ready to be served. while the other two stayed at home and had a good time of it. when the mouse had made the fire and fetched in the water. she could retire into her little room and rest until it was time to set the table. and the sausage saw to the cooking. that the bird. and prospered so far as to be able to add considerably to their stores. and when it was near dinner-time. who did all the hard work. it was of no use. For a long time all went well. or rolled in and out among the vegetables three or four times. and Hansel threw one handful after another out of his pocket to add to them. to whom he boastfully expatiated on the excellence of his household arrangements.emptied her pinafore until pearls and precious stones ran about the room. to the mouse to cook. and they lived together in perfect happiness. buttered. the mouse fetched the water. And so it came to pass. the bird made the fire. AND THE SAUSAGE Once upon a time. And now what happened? The sausage started in search of wood. and salted. and when they had finished their meal.

but also with life. and flew sadly home. by rolling in and out among the vegetables to salt and butter them. that they became uneasy. for the dog answered that he found false credentials on the sausage. He picked up the wood. and at last in . but no cook was to be found. Now it chanced one day that some blood fell on to the spindle. He had not flown far. but agreed to make the best of things and to remain with one another. caught fire and began to blaze. having already parted not only with her skin and hair. having met the sausage.' The girl went back to the well not knowing what to do. but she stopped short long before she reached the bottom. So now the bird set the table. however. the other ugly and lazy. she jumped into the pot. Then some of the wood that had been carelessly thrown down. Her stepmother sent her out every day to sit by the well in the high road. one of them was beautiful and industrious. She ran home crying to tell of her misfortune. They were both very unhappy. when he came across a dog who. and told the mouse all he had seen and heard. called and searched. Presently the bird came in and wanted to serve up the dinner. he threw the wood here and there about the floor. loved the ugly and lazy one best. and the mouse looked after the food and. and after giving her a violent scolding. because she was her own daughter. and so seized and swallowed him. had regarded him as his legitimate booty. but her stepmother spoke harshly to her. however. said unkindly. and the bird flew out to meet him. was made to do all the work of the house. The bird hastened to fetch some water. the spindle suddenly sprang out of her hand and fell into the well. who was only her stepdaughter. but his pail fell into the well. and as he was unable to recover himself. and so the other.sausage remained so long away. The mother. but he could nowhere see the cook. and that was the reason his life had been forfeited. In his alarm and flurry. wishing to prepare it in the same way as the sausage. he was drowned. there to spin until she made her fingers bleed. but nothing he said was of any avail. MOTHER HOLLE Once upon a time there was a widow who had two daughters. and he after it. 'As you have let the spindle fall into the well you may go yourself and fetch it out. The bird complained to the dog of this bare-faced robbery. and was quite the Cinderella of the family. and as the girl stopped over the well to wash it off.

to make my bed in the right way. and the apples came falling down upon her like rain. but she became conscious at last of great longing to go home. 'Shake me. for although I am so happy here. 'my apples. for I wish you always to shake it thoroughly.' The old woman spoke so kindly. one and all. are ripe. if you will do the work of my house properly for me. So she stayed on with Mother Holle for some time.' Then Mother Holle said. and with countless flowers blooming in every direction. and turned to run away. dear child? Stay with me. 'I am pleased that you should want to go back to your own people. I . The next thing she came to was a little house. and there she saw an old woman looking out. till she came to a free full of apples. we were baked through long ago. You must be very careful. and as you have served me so well and faithfully. down there in the world.' So she shook the tree. After waiting awhile. that the girl summoned up courage and agreed to enter into her service. however. with such large teeth. 'Take us out. for I am Mother Holle. and gave her roast and boiled meats every day. that she was terrified.' cried the tree. full of sunshine. or alas! we shall be burnt to a cinder. She walked over the meadow. The old woman was as good as her word: she never spoke angrily to her. that I cannot stay with you any longer. She could not at first tell why she felt sad. then she knew she was homesick. and presently she came upon a baker's oven full of bread. that it is snowing.her distress she jumped into the water after the spindle. shake me. She remembered nothing more until she awoke and found herself in a beautiful meadow. She took care to do everything according to the old woman's bidding and every time she made the bed she shook it with all her might. I must return to my own people. take us out. I will make you very happy. but she continued shaking until there was not a single apple left upon it. so that the feathers flew about like so many snowflakes. and then she began to grow unhappy. and the loaves cried out to her. then they say. although she was a thousand times better off with Mother Holle than with her mother and sister. But the old woman called after her. she went to Mother Holle and said. Then she carefully gathered the apples together in a heap and walked on again. 'What are you afraid of.' So she took the bread-shovel and drew them all out. She went on a little farther. so that the feathers fly about. I pray. 'I am so homesick.

then she threw it into the well. 'Shake me. Presently she came to the apple-tree. 'That is a reward for your industry. a shower of gold fell upon her. and the gold clung to her. The next day. so that she was covered with it from head to foot.' and passed on. Worse still. and the girl pricked her finger and thrust her hand into a thorn-bush.will take you home myself. lazy daughter to go and try her fortune. I pray. called out: 'Cock-a-doodle-doo! Your golden daughter's come back to you.' Thereupon she led the girl by the hand up to a broad gateway. and as she was so richly covered with gold. so that she might drop some blood on to the spindle. she neglected to . shake me. and exerted herself to please Mother Holle. and walked over it till she came to the oven. and the third day she was more idle still. one and all. she began to dawdle over her work. they gave her a warm welcome. and when the mother heard how she had come by her great riches. the cock who was perched on the well. she was not afraid of them. and as the girl passed through. The gate was then closed. Like her sister she awoke in the beautiful meadow.' cried the loaves as before. my apples. The first day she was very obedient and industrious. take us out. or alas! we shall be burnt to a cinder.' it cried. She related to them all that had happened. As she entered the courtyard. and jumped in herself. we were baked through long ago. then she began to lie in bed in the mornings and refused to get up. The gate was opened. 'Do you think I am going to dirty my hands for you?' and walked on. are ripe. she thought she should like her ugly.' Then she went in to her mother and sister. and as she spoke she handed her the spindle which she had dropped into the well. So she made the sister go and sit by the well and spin. and the girl found herself back in the old world close to her mother's house.' said Mother Holle. 'Take us out. for she thought of the gold she should get in return. At last she came to Mother Holle's house. 'A nice thing to ask me to do. But the lazy girl answered. however. one of the apples might fall on my head. and as she had heard all about the large teeth from her sister. But she only answered. and engaged herself without delay to the old woman.

' said Little Red-Cap to her mother. to the broad gateway. and don't peep into every corner before you do it. and she shut the gate. walk nicely and quietly and do not run off the path. So the lazy girl had to go home covered with pitch. Set out before it gets hot. Red-Cap did not know what a wicked creature he was. don't forget to say. or you may fall and break the bottle. The grandmother lived out in the wood. instead of the shower of gold.' Mother Holle led her. she is ill and weak. and when you go into her room. but most of all by her grandmother. as she had led her sister. and was not at all afraid of him. which suited her so well that she would never wear anything else. So Mother Holle very soon got tired of her. Little Red-Cap. and they will do her good. a wolf met her. and when you are going. 'The gold will soon be mine. a great bucketful of pitch came pouring over her. and told her she might go. and the cock on the well called out as she saw her: 'Cock-a-doodle-doo! Your dirty daughter's come back to you.make the old woman's bed properly.' said the old woman. half a league from the village. here is a piece of cake and a bottle of wine. and just as Little Red-Cap entered the wood. and thought to herself.' 'I will take great care. LITTLE RED-CAP [LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD] Once upon a time there was a dear little girl who was loved by everyone who looked at her. and then your grandmother will get nothing.' One day her mother said to her: 'Come. and forgot to shake it so that the feathers might fly about. The lazy girl was delighted at this. and gave her hand on it. take them to your grandmother. try what she would. but as she was passing through.' But. "Good morning". . Once she gave her a little cap of red velvet. 'That is in return for your services. so she was always called 'Little Red-Cap. and there was nothing that she would not have given to the child. she could not get the pitch off and it stuck to her as long as she lived.

' replied Little Red-Cap.' 'Where does your grandmother live. Little Red-Cap?' 'To my grandmother's. and pretty flowers growing everywhere. how pretty the flowers are about here--why do you not look round? I believe. she fancied that she saw a still prettier one farther on.' replied the wolf. It is so early in the day that I shall still get there in good time'. and ran after it.' Little Red-Cap raised her eyes. and so she ran from the path into the wood to look for flowers. Meanwhile the wolf ran straight to the grandmother's house and knocked at the door. And whenever she had picked one.'Good day. while everything else out here in the wood is merry. too. and when she saw the sunbeams dancing here and there through the trees.' said he. wolf. The wolf thought to himself: 'What a tender young creature! what a nice plump mouthful--she will be better to eat than the old woman.' So he walked for a short time by the side of Little Red-Cap. yesterday was baking-day. that would please her too. to make her stronger. 'Who is there?' 'Little Red-Cap. I must act craftily. Little Red-Cap?' 'A good quarter of a league farther on in the wood. and so got deeper and deeper into the wood. so as to catch both.' 'Whither away so early. 'Thank you kindly. 'She is bringing cake and wine. so poor sick grandmother is to have something good. Little Red-Cap. Little Red-Cap. the nut-trees are just below. that you do not hear how sweetly the little birds are singing. you surely must know it. she thought: 'Suppose I take grandmother a fresh nosegay. her house stands under the three large oak-trees. you walk gravely along as if you were going to school. open the door.' 'What have you got in your apron?' 'Cake and wine. and then he said: 'See.' .

and thought to himself: 'How the old woman is snoring! I must just see if she wants anything. it occurred to him that the wolf might have . she remembered her grandmother. what a terrible big mouth you have!' 'The better to eat you with!' And scarcely had the wolf said this.' she said. had been running about picking flowers. 'The better to see you with. she had such a strange feeling that she said to herself: 'Oh dear! how uneasy I feel today.'Lift the latch. She was surprised to find the cottage-door standing open. 'Do I find you here.' 'But.' but received no answer. the door sprang open.' called out the grandmother. and looking very strange. you old sinner!' said he. so she went to the bed and drew back the curtains. 'I have long sought you!' Then just as he was going to fire at him. dressed himself in her cap laid himself in bed and drew the curtains. grandmother. fell asleep and began to snore very loud. my child. and when she had gathered so many that she could carry no more. he lay down again in the bed. and devoured her. When the wolf had appeased his appetite.' 'Oh! but.' She called out: 'Good morning. and when she went into the room. what big eyes you have!' she said. grandmother.' So he went into the room.' The wolf lifted the latch. grandmother. The huntsman was just passing the house. what large hands you have!' 'The better to hug you with. and without saying a word he went straight to the grandmother's bed. and at other times I like being with grandmother so much. 'Oh! grandmother. and when he came to the bed. and cannot get up. he saw that the wolf was lying in it. 'I am too weak. 'But. Little Red-Cap. however. 'what big ears you have!' 'The better to hear you with. than with one bound he was out of bed and swallowed up Red-Cap. and set out on the way to her.' was the reply. my dear. Then he put on her clothes. There lay her grandmother with her cap pulled far over her face.

' Soon afterwards the wolf knocked. so he did not fire. Red-Cap. grandmother. In front of the house was a great stone trough. and after that the aged grandmother came out alive also. crying: 'Ah. and then to steal after her and devour her in the darkness. and cried: 'Open the door.' It also related that once when Red-Cap was again taking cakes to the old grandmother. Red-Cap. the grandmother ate the cake and drank the wine which Red-Cap had brought. that he may not come in. however. that if they had not been on the public road she was certain he would have eaten her up. and at last jumped on the roof. and fell dead. Red-Cap. but took a pair of scissors. when my mother has forbidden me to do so. Then all three were delighted. or open the door. and that he had said 'good morning' to her. and told her grandmother that she had met the wolf. and tried to entice her from the path. 'we will shut the door. so she said to the child: 'Take the pail. intending to wait until Red-Cap went home in the evening. and began to cut open the stomach of the sleeping wolf. .' But they did not speak. but the stones were so heavy that he collapsed at once.devoured the grandmother. and that she might still be saved. and the little girl sprang out. I am Little Red-Cap. Then the smell of the sausages reached the wolf. and revived.' Red-Cap carried until the great trough was quite full. and am bringing you some cakes. and at last stretched out his neck so far that he could no longer keep his footing and began to slip. to run into the wood. and went straight forward on her way. but with such a wicked look in his eyes. but Red-Cap thought to herself: 'As long as I live. and was drowned. so carry the water in which I boiled them to the trough. I made some sausages yesterday. When he had made two snips. he wanted to run away. how frightened I have been! How dark it was inside the wolf'. and then he made two snips more. and no one ever did anything to harm her again. and when he awoke. and slipped down from the roof straight into the great trough. 'Well. but scarcely able to breathe. he saw the little Red-Cap shining. and he sniffed and peeped down. however. another wolf spoke to her. The huntsman drew off the wolf's skin and went home with it. But Red-Cap went joyously home. was on her guard. But the grandmother saw what was in his thoughts. quickly fetched great stones with which they filled the wolf's belly. so the grey-beard stole twice or thrice round the house.' said the grandmother. I will never by myself leave the path.

'I will give her to the first suitable man who comes and asks for her hand.' Not long after a suitor appeared.' The girl looked up and saw that the voice came from a bird hanging in a cage on the wall. There she saw a lonely house. I will strew ashes along the path. One day he said to her. 'You must come and see me next Sunday. But the girl did not care for the man as a girl ought to care for her betrothed husband. turn back. He said to himself. and that she might be able to find her path again. very old woman. She tried to excuse herself by saying that she would not be able to find the way thither. but not a soul was to be seen. and there sat a very. she filled her pockets with peas and lentils to sprinkle on the ground as she went along. and as she was grown up. a feeling of dread came over her which she could not explain. and as he appeared to be very rich and the miller could see nothing in him with which to find fault. young maiden fair. and it was time for the girl to start. and she could not look at him nor think of him without an inward shudder. who could not keep her head from shaking. She did not feel that she could trust him. She stepped inside. Linger not in this murderers' lair. darkest part of the forest.' she answered. looking so grim and mysterious. Suddenly a voice cried: 'Turn back. She walked the whole day until she came to the deepest. 'if my betrothed husband lives here?' .' asked the girl. and these she followed. going from room to room of the house. I have already invited guests for that day.THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM There was once a miller who had one beautiful daughter. turn back. At last she came to the cellar. throwing down some peas on either side of her at every step she took. 'My house is out there in the dark forest. and that you may not mistake the way. young maiden fair.' The girl passed on. he was anxious that she should be well married and provided for. and a great silence reigned throughout. On reaching the entrance to the forest she found the path strewed with ashes. 'You have not yet paid me a visit. he betrothed his daughter to him. 'Can you tell me.' he said. Linger not in this murderers' lair. Again it cried: 'Turn back. and still she saw no one. but they were all empty.' 'I do not know where your house is.' When Sunday came. that it did not please her at all. although we have been betrothed for some time. Her betrothed only replied.

'Have you looked behind the large cask?' said one of the others. he took a hatchet and cut off the finger. 'Come and eat your suppers. and cook and eat you. 'do not move or speak. fast asleep and snoring. and then she and the old woman went upstairs.' Thereupon the old woman led her behind a large cask. 'what a place for you to come to! This is a murderers' den. one of white wine. But the old woman called out.'Ah. and that your marriage will soon take place. and before long they were all lying on the floor of the cellar.' 'The old woman is right. three glasses full.' answered the old woman. and one of yellow.' said the robbers. and sprinkled salt upon it. or it will be all over with you. who were lying close together. If I did not take pity on you and save you. I have long been waiting for an opportunity to escape. and as he could not draw it off easily. The old woman then mixed a sleeping draught with their wine. and paid no heed to her cries and lamentations. Tonight. The robber took a light and began looking for it. and hastened as fast as they could from the murderers' den. opened the door. But God helped her. but it is with death that you will keep your marriage feast. They were all drunk. but he could not find it. one of red. we will flee together. and every moment she was filled with renewed dread lest she should awaken them. and with that her heart gave way and she died. you would be lost. so that she passed safely over them. 'Keep as still as a mouse. do you see that large cauldron of water which I am obliged to keep on the fire! As soon as they have you in their power they will kill you without mercy. you poor child. Then they tore of her dainty clothing. One of them now noticed a gold ring still remaining on the little finger of the murdered girl. The poor betrothed girl crouched trembling and shuddering behind the cask. and cut her beautiful body into pieces.' she said. Look. the finger won't run away. laid her on a table. They found the ashes scattered by the wind.' The words were hardly out of her mouth when the godless crew returned. for she saw what a terrible fate had been intended for her by the robbers. They gave her wine to drink. and fell behind the cask into the lap of the girl who was hiding there. You think yourself a promised bride. which quite hid her from view. but the finger sprang into the air. and let the thing be till tomorrow. dragging another young girl along with them. but the peas and . for they are eaters of men. As soon as the girl was assured of this. She was obliged to step over the bodies of the sleepers. she came from behind the cask. and they ceased looking for the finger and sat down. when the robbers are all asleep.

and there sat a very. 'And you.' 'My darling. young maiden fair. but he will kill you without mercy and afterwards cook and eat you. I asked her if my betrothed lived here. Then the girl told her father all that had happened. "Ah.' 'I went on through the house from room to room. The day came that had been fixed for the marriage. this is only a dream.' 'Then they tore off her dainty clothing.' . very old woman. this is only a dream.lentils had sprouted.' said the bride.' 'My darling. you poor child. to guide them in the moonlight along the path. All night long they walked. and she answered. but a bird that was hanging in a cage on the wall cried: 'Turn back.' 'My darling. each guest in turn was asked to tell a tale. you are come to a murderers' den. and it was morning before they reached the mill.' said the bridegroom. At last I went down to the cellar. and cut her beautiful body into pieces and sprinkled salt upon it. and everything was so grim and mysterious. As they sat at the feast. who could not keep her head still. this is only a dream. but they were all empty. dragging a young girl along with them. red. turning to her. not a soul could I find within. turn back. Linger not in this murderers' lair. the bride sat still and did not say a word. for the miller had taken care to invite all his friends and relations. They gave her three kinds of wine to drink.' 'I will tell you a dream. this is only a dream. and with that she died. white. and scarcely had she done this when the robbers returned home. your betrothed does indeed live here. 'I went alone through a forest and came at last to a house. and grown sufficiently above the ground.' and again a second time it said these words. then. 'is there no tale you know? Tell us something."' 'My darling. my love. and yellow.' 'The old woman hid me behind a large cask. The bridegroom arrived and also a large company of guests.

who during this recital had grown deadly pale. 'How can that be? you cannot reach up to the horse's bridle.' 'Never mind that.' 'Oh. wife. without any children to play about and amuse us while other people seem so happy and merry with their children!' 'What you say is very true. So they said. They gave him plenty of food.'And one of the robbers saw that there was a gold ring still left on her finger. he took a hatchet and cut off her finger. we will love him dearly. as the woodman was getting ready to go into the wood to cut fuel. 'if my mother will only harness the horse. 'I wish I had someone to bring the cart after me. TOM THUMB A poor woodman sat in his cottage one night. for I want to make haste. 'how happy should I be if I had but one child! If it were ever so small--nay. we cannot say we have not got what we wished for. but the guests seized him and held him fast. 'for you and me to sit here by ourselves. 'Well. and love it dearly. she had a little boy. and said. but was not much bigger than my thumb. the cart shall be in the wood by the time you want it. who was quite healthy and strong. The bridegroom. smoking his pipe by the fireside. he said. And here is the finger with the ring. little as he is. I will get into his ear and tell him which way to .' and with these words the bride drew forth the finger and shewed it to the assembled guests. if it were no bigger than my thumb--I should be very happy.' said he. yet for all they could do he never grew bigger.' said the wife. 'I will take care of that. Still. 'How lonely it is. but kept just the same size as he had been when he was born. They delivered him up to justice. sighing. not long afterwards. father. up and tried to escape. and he soon showed himself to be a clever little fellow. who always knew well what he was about.' Now--odd as you may think it--it came to pass that this good woman's wish was fulfilled. father. just in the very way she had wished it.' said Tom. and turning round her wheel.' Then the woodman laughed. for. while his wife sat by his side spinning. as he puffed out a long curl of smoke. and as it was difficult to draw off. but the finger sprang into the air and fell behind the great cask into my lap. and he and all his murderous band were condemned to death for their wicked deeds. his eyes were sharp and sparkling. One day.' cried Tom. and.' And they called him Thomas Thumb.

' So the woodman at last said he would sell Tom to the strangers for a large piece of gold. Tom only crawled farther and farther in. hearing of the bargain they wanted to make. where he sat as merry as you please. I'll soon come back to you. crying out. I can walk about there and see the country as we go along. 'Oh. here I am with the cart. seeing his father. They journeyed on till it began to be dusky. and Tom was calling out. till at last they came to the place where the woodman was.' 'I won't sell him at all.' 'Well.' When the time came the mother harnessed the horse to the cart. and said.' said the other. But Tom ran about amongst the furrows. and see where it goes. we must buy him.' said the father. The two strangers were all this time looking on. 'Gently! gently!' two strangers came up.' So they went on into the wood. 'let us follow the cart. and carry him about from town to town as a show. and put him down on a clod of earth. 'Good night. indeed.' But Tom. and asked him what he would take for the little man. so that they were forced to go their way without their prize. and put him down upon a straw. and at last it became quite dark. crept up his father's coat to his shoulder and whispered in his ear. as . all right and safe! now take me down!' So his father took hold of the horse with one hand.' Then they ran at once to the place. 'What an odd thing that is!' said one: 'there is a cart going along. but all in vain. and I hear a carter talking to the horse.' 'That is queer. and let them have me. father. father. I'm tired. It happened that as the horse was going a little too fast. 'He will be better off. and they paid the price. 'with us than with you. cried out. and did not know what to say for wonder. and put Tom into his ear.' said the father. in a ploughed field by the side of the road. Then Tom Thumb. 'See. 'Let me get down.' So they did as he wished. 'Go on!' and 'Stop!' as he wanted: and thus the horse went on just as well as if the woodman had driven it himself into the wood. if we can get him. and at last slipped into an old mouse-hole. put me on the rim of your hat. and when Tom had taken leave of his father they took him away with them. 'That little urchin will make our fortune. and then the little man said. and with the other took his son out of the horse's ear. At last one took the other aside. and poked the ends of their sticks into the mouse-hole. 'I'm off! mind and look sharp after me the next time. but yet I can see no one.' So the man took off his hat. 'Take the money. 'we will try for once. that will be a nice gallery for me.go.' So they went up to the woodman. 'my own flesh and blood is dearer to me than all the silver and gold in the world. and as he sat there the little man told the beast how to go. my masters!' said he.' said they. 'Where would you like to sit?' said one of them.

'what can you do for us?' 'Why. I can get between the iron window-bars of the parson's house. and said. 'Very well! hold your hands! here it comes. and one said to the other. 'How much will you have? Shall I throw it all out?' Now the cook lay in the next room. 'This is lucky. 'I can sleep here very well'. and bawled out again. and at last found a snug place to finish his night's rest in. 'What dangerous walking it is. 'I'm sure I heard someone speak. When Tom found they were gone. and lifted him up in their hands. and ran off a little way.' answered he. Tom had slipped off into the barn. 'and listen where the sound comes from. and said. went away for a light. and ran to open the door. that you may not awaken anybody.' So they came back and whispered softly to him. chatting together. saying.' When they came to the parson's house. by good luck. 'How can we rob that rich parson's house of his silver and gold?' 'I'll tell you!' cried Tom. and throw you out whatever you want. and hearing a noise she raised herself up in her bed and listened. and Tom said. Tom slipped through the window-bars into the room. so she sprang out of bed. frightened.' said he. I should undoubtedly break my neck. The little man crawled about in the hay-loft. 'Look about on the ground. we shall see what you can do. and found nobody. and I'll soon show you how to get the parson's money. 'You little urchin!' they said. he found a large empty snail-shell.' But Tom seemed as if he did not understand them.' The cook heard this quite plain. and when she had looked about and searched every hole and corner. The thieves ran off as if a wolf was at their tails: and the maid. 'Take me with you. 'What noise was that?' said the thief. she went to bed. 'Softly. meaning to sleep till daylight. he came out of his hiding-place. and then called out as loud as he could bawl. softly! Speak low. 'Will you have all that is here?' At this the thieves were frightened.' Then Tom called out as loud as he could. Meantime the thieves were frightened. but at last they plucked up their hearts. 'in this ploughed field! If I were to fall from one of these great clods. having groped about and found nothing. Just as he was falling asleep.' said he.' 'That's a good thought.' At last.sulky as could be.' 'But where are you?' said they. and then find his way home to his father and . and in he crept. 'come along. thinking she must have been dreaming with her eyes open. he heard two men passing by.' They stood still listening. so he laid himself down. 'Now let us have no more of your roguish jokes. 'The little urchin is only trying to make fools of us. but throw us out some of the money. By the time she came back.' At last the thieves found him out.' said the thieves.

that he might not get between the cow's teeth. but at last. which was not a very easy task. told his man to kill her on the spot. cold . to feed the cows. describing his own father's house. with Tom in it. 'In such and such a house. and there you will find cakes. and cut up. was still not disheartened. to try and see what was the matter. At last down he went into her stomach. and hearing someone speak. But alas! how woefully he was undone! what crosses and sorrows happen to us all in this world! The cook got up early. the cow is talking!' But the parson said. 'they forgot to build windows in this room to let the sun in. slept on. just as he had made room to get his head out. and the stomach. 'Don't bring me any more hay! Don't bring me any more hay!' The maid happened to be just then milking the cow. As soon as she could pick herself up out of the dirt. 'how came I to tumble into the mill?' But he soon found out where he really was. she was so frightened that she fell off her stool. So the cow was killed. and going straight to the hay-loft.mother. however. beef. At last he cried out as loud as he could.' said he. that more and more hay was always coming down. at one gulp. and the cow had taken Tom up in a mouthful of it. he went with her into the cow-house. 'Don't bring me any more hay!' Then the parson himself was frightened. and yet being quite sure it was the same voice that she had heard in the night. and thinking the wolf would not dislike having some chat with him as he was going along. he called out. 'Sir. and so be crushed to death. and overset the milk-pail. Tom. she ran off as fast as she could to her master the parson. I can show you a famous treat. 'It is rather dark. A hungry wolf sprang out. 'You can crawl through the drain into the kitchen and then into the pantry. fast asleep. and said. and swallowed up the whole stomach. and did not awake till he found himself in the mouth of the cow. before daybreak. ham. and was forced to have all his wits about him. was thrown out upon a dunghill. fresh ill-luck befell him. 'Woman. and the space left for him became smaller and smaller. Tom soon set himself to work to get out. however. Scarcely had they set foot on the threshold. and ran away. 'My good friend. he did not like his quarters at all. and the worst of it was. and thinking the cow was surely bewitched. in which Tom lay.' said Tom. carried away a large bundle of hay. 'Good lack-a-day!' said he. a candle would be no bad thing. sir.' Though he made the best of his bad luck.' 'Where's that?' said the wolf. He still. when Tom called out. for the cook had put the hay into the cow's rick. but seeing nobody. with the little man in the middle of it. thou art surely mad!' However.

but when they saw a wolf was there. 'you are come back. and now I am very glad to come home and get fresh air again. and set Tommy free. for his old ones had been quite spoiled on his journey. father. and struck the wolf on the head.chicken. and was fond enough of telling the whole story. for though he had been so great a traveller. making all the noise he could.' Tom heard all this. so that very night he went to the house and crawled through the drain into the kitchen. where have you been?' said his father. Then he aimed a great blow. since we parted. and the woodman ran for his axe. and we will not sell you again for all the riches in the world. safe and sound. 'Will you be easy?' said the wolf.' answered he. 'Heaven be praised! we have found our dear child again'. The woodman and his wife. after all. he always agreed that. peeped through a crack in the door. and everything that your heart can wish.' Then they hugged and kissed their dear little son. and then they fetched new clothes for him. in one way or other. As soon as he had had enough he wanted to get away. apple-dumplings. and now he began to set up a great shout. I think. being awakened by the noise. singing and shouting as loud as he could. and gave him plenty to eat and drink.' The wolf did not want to be asked twice.' said the woodman. This was just what Tom had reckoned upon. and he began.' 'Well. 'Father. and cried out. there's no place like HOME! . but he had eaten so much that he could not go out by the same way he came in. the wolf has swallowed me. now I've a mind to be merry myself'.' 'Why. and gave his wife a scythe. and killed him on the spot! and when he was dead they cut open his body. So Master Thumb stayed at home with his father and mother. 'I have travelled all over the world. roast pig. father! I am here. and yet here I am again. in peace.' And his father said. 'and when I have knocked him on the head you must rip him up with the scythe. 'you have had your frolic. for he was very hungry. and he told his wife not to use the scythe for fear she should hurt him. 'Do you stay behind.' said they. 'you'll awaken everybody in the house if you make such a clatter. and had done and seen so many fine things. 'I have been in a mouse-hole--and in a snail-shell--and down a cow's throat--and in the wolf's belly. 'what fears we have had for you!' 'Yes. and ate and drank there to his heart's content. 'Ah!' said the father. and then into the pantry. you may well suppose that they were sadly frightened.' 'What's that to me?' said the little man.

he was greatly astonished and pleased. when on a sudden the door opened. and he shut up the poor miller's daughter again with a fresh task. and she was left alone. and said.' replied the maiden. you must know.RUMPELSTILTSKIN By the side of a wood.' 'What will you give me. what are you weeping for?' 'Alas!' said she. 'Good morrow to you. that he one day told the king of the land. He took her at her word. and whistled and sang: 'Round about. and sat down once more to weep. and gave her a spinning-wheel. and the miller was so proud of her. and upon the stream there stood a mill.' said she. and when he heard the miller's boast his greediness was raised. and I know not how. who used to come and hunt in the wood. When the king came and saw this. Then she knew not what to do. 'What will you give me to do your task?' 'The ring on my finger. as you love your life. . for that she could do no such thing as spin straw into gold: the chamber door was locked. but his heart grew still more greedy of gain. She was. and whistled and sang: 'Round about. Lo and behold! Reel away. round about. reel away. 'I must spin this straw into gold. had a very beautiful daughter. round about. reel away. and the straw was all spun into gold. the work was quickly done. but the dwarf soon opened the door. and said. So her little friend took the ring. She sat down in one corner of the room. in a country a long way off. 'All this must be spun into gold before morning. ran a fine stream of water. and sat himself down to the wheel. and began to bewail her hard fate. and began to work at the wheel again.' It was in vain that the poor maiden said that it was only a silly boast of her father. 'to do it for you?' 'My necklace.' said the hobgoblin. The miller's house was close by. moreover. Then he led her to a chamber in his palace where there was a great heap of straw. and the miller. very shrewd and clever. Now this king was very fond of money. Lo and behold! Reel away. and said. my good lass. and a droll-looking little man hobbled in. Straw into gold!' And round about the wheel went merrily. and he sent for the girl to be brought before him. that his daughter could spin gold out of straw.

The king was greatly delighted to see all this glittering treasure.' 'That may never be.Straw into gold!' till. and before the hut burnt a fire. Round went the wheel again to the old song. The next day the little man came. and round about the fire a funny little dwarf was dancing upon one leg. 'I will give you three days' grace.' As soon as she was alone that dwarf came in. she said she would do what he asked. all was done again. and. 'Madam. and the manikin once more spun the heap into gold. but in vain. Then she grieved sorely at her misfortune. . and she sent messengers all over the land to find out new ones. that is not my name. 'the first little child that you may have when you are queen. but yesterday. and said. and said she would give him all the wealth of the kingdom if he would let her off. BANDY-LEGS. and said. 'All this must be spun tonight. JEREMIAH. and she began with TIMOTHY. and said. and if during that time you tell me my name. till at last her tears softened him. but still he had not enough: so he took the miller's daughter to a yet larger heap. and what she had said. 'Madam. among the trees of the forest where the fox and the hare bid each other good night.' said she.' The third day one of the messengers came back. you shall be my queen. and she really became queen. CROOK-SHANKS. and put her in mind of it. and if it is. you shall keep your child. HUNCHBACK.' said the little man. I saw a little hut. BENJAMIN. At the birth of her first little child she was very glad. But one day he came into her room. and he said. 'Then say you will give me. but to all and each of them he said. long before morning.' thought the miller's daughter: and as she knew no other way to get her task done. as I was climbing a high hill.' Now the queen lay awake all night. 'What will you give me to spin gold for you this third time?' 'I have nothing left. and so on. finding all he wanted.' The second day she began with all the comical names she could hear of. and all the names she could remember. and forgot the dwarf. where she was sitting playing with her baby. ICHABOD. thinking of all the odd names that she had ever heard. and singing: '"Merrily the feast I'll make. The king came in the morning. 'I have travelled two days without hearing of any other names. so he married the miller's daughter. but the little gentleman still said to every one of them. that is not my name. was forced to keep his word.

'Now. what is my name?' 'Is it JOHN?' asked she.' 'I will see to it. and as wine excites a desire to eat. she tasted the best of whatever she was cooking until she was satisfied. was quite happy and thought: 'You certainly are a pretty girl!' And when she came home she drank. lady. and as soon as her little friend came she sat down upon her throne. and towards evening set them before the fire. that they might roast. madam!' 'Is it TOM?' 'No. tomorrow bake. For next day will a stranger bring. and he cried out.Today I'll brew.' 'Can your name be RUMPELSTILTSKIN?' said the lady slyly. plucked them. and were nearly ready. The fowls began to turn brown. 'Some witch told you that!--some witch told you that!' cried the little man. 'We wish you a very good morning. prepare me two fowls very daintily. a draught of wine. and called all her court round to enjoy the fun. madam!' 'Is it JEMMY?' 'It is not. but it will be a sin and a shame if they are not eaten the moment they are at their juiciest. as if it was quite ready to be given up. to take home with him to his hut in the woods. she turned herself this way and that. and said. I must take the fowls away from the fire. Mr RUMPLESTILTSKIN!' CLEVER GRETEL There was once a cook named Gretel. but the guest had not yet arrived. Then the little man began to chuckle at the thought of having the poor child. She killed two fowls. there is a guest coming this evening. and a merry feast.' The master said: 'I will run . Then Gretel called out to her master: 'If the guest does not come. scalded them. while the nurse laughed and the baby crowed. 'No. and dashed his right foot in a rage so deep into the floor. and all the court jeered at him for having had so much trouble for nothing. and said: 'The cook must know what the food is like.' It came to pass that the master one day said to her: 'Gretel. in her gladness of heart. that he was forced to lay hold of it with both hands to pull it out. Then he made the best of his way off. who wore shoes with red heels. Merrily I'll dance and sing. master. and the nurse stood by her side with the baby in her arms. Little does my lady dream Rumpelstiltskin is my name!"' When the queen heard this she jumped for joy. put them on the spit. and when she walked out with them on.' answered Gretel.

and knocked politely and courteously at the house-door. the other should be likewise. and have turned in somewhere.myself. enjoy yourself. I will run into the cellar. if my master catches you it will be the worse for you. Gretel. and still her master did not come. and cried: 'You have invited a fine guest!' 'Why. and did not see him. and went back to the fowls and thought: 'One of the wings is burning! I had better take it off and eat it. what's right for the one is right for the other. and took the great knife. and let the second chicken follow the first. Presently the guest came. set a jug. but his intention is to cut off your two ears.' So she took another hearty drink. she thought: 'The other must go down too. Just listen how he is sharpening the knife for it!' The guest heard the sharpening. he certainly did ask you to supper.' She ran down.' So she cut it off. and eat it up entirely. I think if I were to take another draught it would do me no harm. and fetch the guest. basted them. take another drink. Gretel laid the spit with the fowls on one side. and take a drink. or else master will observe that something is missing. Meantime the master looked to see what the table was properly laid. and thought that wine should flow on. it ought to be tasted!' She touched it with her finger. Gretel. and said: 'Ah! how good fowls are! It certainly is a sin and a shame that they are not eaten at the right time!' She ran to the window. and enjoyed it. Gretel ran. makes one sweat and thirsty. when it is eaten you will have some peace. and looked to see who was there. Gretel was not idle. said: 'God bless it for you. why should God's good gifts be spoilt?' So she ran into the cellar again. Then she went and put the fowls down again to the fire. her master came and cried: 'Hurry up.' When the two wings were eaten. I will soon serve up. the two go together.' When the master had turned his back. who knows when they will come? Meanwhile. the guest is coming directly after me!' 'Yes. to see if the master was not coming with his guest. and thought: 'Standing so long by the fire there.' and took a good drink. and should not be interrupted. one fowl has been cut into. and drove the spit merrily round. she put her finger to her lips and said: 'Hush! hush! go away as quickly as you can. but she saw no one. Gretel thought: 'Something might be wrong.' answered Gretel. wherewith he was going to carve the chickens. sir. But as the roast meat smelt so good. ate it. While she was making the most of it. and hurried down the steps again as fast as he could. When one of the chickens was swallowed down. and sharpened it on the steps. and took yet another hearty draught. and when she had done. Gretel. It suddenly occurred to her: 'Who knows? They are perhaps not coming at all. Gretel? What do you mean by . she went and looked for her master. she ran screaming to her master.' Then she said: 'Well. and when she saw the guest. took an enormous drink and ate up the one chicken in great glee. Gretel looked at the other and said: 'What one is.

and just one poor one. 'What are you doing there?' asked the father. and not take both. Then they brought him a wooden bowl for a few half-pence.' He called to him to stop. off the dish. and they gave him his food in an earthenware bowl. just one. The young wife scolded him. The guest. and . thought no otherwise than that he was to give up one of his ears. And he used to look towards the table with his eyes full of tears. and lamented the fine chickens. and still less money to buy one. 'If he had but left me one. and it fell to the ground and broke. 'for father and mother to eat out of when I am big. his knees trembled. 'he has taken the chickens which I was just going to serve up. and when he sat at table he could hardly hold the spoon. They were once sitting thus when the little grandson of four years old began to gather together some bits of wood upon the ground. whom they called the little peasant. his ears dull of hearing. and presently began to cry. and likewise said nothing if he did spill a little of anything. in order to take them both with him. Then they took the old grandfather to the table. and henceforth always let him eat with them.' meaning that the guest should leave him just one chicken. too. and spilt the broth upon the table-cloth or let it run out of his mouth. however. Then he ran after him with the knife still in his hand.' The man and his wife looked at each other for a while. crying: 'Just one. so the old grandfather at last had to sit in the corner behind the stove. whose eyes had become dim. and has run away with them!' 'That's a nice trick!' said her master.that?' 'Yes. 'I am making a little trough. but he said nothing and only sighed. Once. so that something remained for me to eat.' said she. THE OLD MAN AND HIS GRANDSON There was once a very old man.' answered the child. out of which he had to eat. but the guest pretended not to hear. He had not even so much as a cow. His son and his son's wife were disgusted at this. his trembling hands could not hold the bowl. THE LITTLE PEASANT There was a certain village wherein no one lived but really rich peasants. and not even enough of it. and ran as if fire were burning under him.

and the cow-herd said: 'It will soon run by itself. and painted it as it ought to be. but someone had stolen the calf. so it soon had to be killed.' and took it in his arms and carried it to the pasture. and said: 'My husband is out. and they were heartily glad. and lay down with his skin beside him. I don't care to drag you home again in my arms. and in time it will certainly get big and be a cow. Next morning when the cows were being driven out. but it is still small and has to be carried. and the peasant went into the town and wanted to sell the skin there. One day he said to her: 'Listen. and waited for his little calf. The miller's wife was alone in the house. And now the little peasant and his wife had the cow for which they had so long wished.' The cow-herd said: 'All right. he could go no farther. just look how it eats already!' At night when he was going to drive the herd home again. But as the weather grew so bad and there was a storm of rain and wind. and made it with its head hanging down as if it were eating. he inquired where it was. however. so that it looks like any other. he said to the calf: 'If you can stand there and eat your fill.yet he and his wife did so wish to have one.' But the little peasant said: 'Oh. the little peasant called the cow-herd in and said: 'Look. and wine.' In the meantime came the parson. The cow-herd said: 'It must have run away. I have a good idea. the miller's wife received him well. and their gossip the carpenter cut and planed the calf. It would not stop and come with us. Then the woman served up four different things. and set it among the grass. and out of pity he took him and wrapped him in the skin. The peasant ate it. and the calf was missing.' But the little peasant stood at his door. so we will have a feast. On the way he passed by a mill. and it was gone. and when he heard them talk about feasting he was vexed that he had been forced to make shift with a slice of bread and cheese.' The peasant listened.' the woman also liked the idea. The little calf always remained standing like one which was eating.' The peasant. he shall make us a wooden calf. there is our gossip the carpenter. The cow-herd answered: 'It is still standing out there eating. who for his carelessness condemned him to give the peasant a cow for the calf which had run away. so that he might buy a new calf with the proceeds. salad. I have a little calf there. . and the woman thought: 'He is tired and has gone to sleep. and paint it brown.' and led the cow-herd before the mayor.' and gave him a slice of bread and cheese. and said to the peasant: 'Lay yourself on the straw there. and turned back to the mill and begged for shelter. and there sat a raven with broken wings. They salted the flesh. but I must have my beast back again. said: 'Don't tell me that. but they had no food for it. and when the cow-herd drove the cows through the village.' Then they went back to the meadow together. and could give it nothing to eat. roast meat. you can also go on your four legs. cakes.

' The miller was curious. it looks as if the world were coming to an end. he says that there are some cakes under the bed. lying on the ground.' The miller saw the peasant lying on the straw. the salad on the bed. and went to bed and took all the keys with her. At last the peasant pinched the raven once more till he croaked. and the parson in the closet on the porch. and said: 'Thank heaven. and said: 'Let him foretell something for once.' So they ate. bread and cheese will do. And now the two sat down to the table together.' 'Can he foretell anything to me?' said the miller. there was a knocking outside. you are back again! There is such a storm. for the fifth is something bad. The peasant made the raven prophesy still more. the cakes under it. and looked there.' 'Bless me!' cried the miller. and after that they bargained how much the miller was to give for the fifth prophecy. 'Now go on. and asked: 'What have you there?' The peasant answered: 'I have a soothsayer inside it.' replied the husband. Then the peasant once more pinched the raven's head till he croaked loudly.Just as they were about to sit down and eat. and found the cakes. and found the roast meat. until they agreed on three hundred talers. we will quickly eat the four things. but got up and ate. he says that there is some salad on the bed.' 'Upon my word!' cried the miller. but be quick and get me something to eat. and said: 'Thirdly. 'so far as I am concerned. and asked. so that he croaked and made a noise like krr. After this the miller saw the skin in which the raven was. he says that there is some wine hidden under the pillow.' The man said: 'I have no objection. heavens! It is my husband!' she quickly hid the roast meat inside the tiled stove. so I gave him a bit of bread and cheese.' 'That would be a fine thing!' cried the miller. The miller would have liked much to know the fifth. The miller said: 'What did he say?' The peasant answered: 'In the first place.' The peasant did not require to be invited twice. The woman said: 'Oh. and went there and found the wine. The miller asked: 'What did he say?' The peasant replied: 'He says that the Devil is hiding outside there in . and begged for shelter. Then she opened the door for her husband. the wine under the pillow. and showed him where the straw was.' 'That would be a fine thing!' cried the miller.' said the wife. he says that there is some roast meat in the tiled stove.' and looked at the peasant and said: 'Come and eat some more with me. and went thither. and the fifth he keeps to himself. but the little peasant said: 'First. 'the poor knave came in the storm and rain.' The woman said: 'But I have nothing but bread and cheese. 'Why not?' answered the peasant: 'but he only says four things.' Then the peasant pinched the raven's head. krr. and went there and found the salad.' 'I am contented with anything. and said: 'In the second place. The peasant made the raven croak again.' said he. 'What is that fellow doing there?' 'Ah. but the miller's wife was frightened to death. and said: 'Fourthly.

he did not give her more than two talers for a skin. however. then he took the shepherd's flock for himself. The mayor.' Then the small peasant was brought before the mayor.' The miller said: 'The Devil must go out. and the peasant shut the top down on him. they too wished to enjoy this great profit. but I will not do it. and when the others came. He was led forth. set me free from the barrel. if the whole world insists on it. for three hundred talers. the very shepherd whom the peasant knew had long been wishing to be mayor.the closet on the porch. made off next morning by daybreak with the three hundred talers. and asked: 'What are you about? What is it that you will not do?' The peasant said: 'They want to make me mayor. He answered: 'I sold my cow's skin in the town. The parson ran out as fast as he could. and accused him of this treachery before the major. I would get into the barrel at once. he built a beautiful house.' The peasant said: 'If you will get in. and the peasant unlocked the closet. and the peasants said: 'The small peasant has certainly been to the place where golden snow falls. and a priest was brought who was to say a mass for his soul. you will be mayor.' They believed no otherwise than that it was the peasant who was saying this. and people carry the gold home in shovels. then the woman was forced to give up the keys. When the barrel began to roll. he did not give them so much. and drove it away.' The peasant. said: 'But my servant must go first. came up to him. he recognized the man who had been with the miller's wife.' The shepherd was willing. and said: 'What can I do with all these skins?' Then the peasants were vexed that the small peasant should have thus outwitted them. He said to him: 'I set you free from the closet. and when the peasant looked at the priest.' and opened the house-door. and bidden to say from whence his wealth came. the shepherd cried: 'I am quite willing to be mayor. and declared that the mass had been said. and ran home.' The shepherd said: 'If nothing more than that is needful in order to be mayor. but first you shall look about you a little down below . and stripped off their skins in order to sell them in the town to the greatest advantage. if I will but put myself in the barrel. so he cried with all his might: 'No. and got in. and the miller said: 'It was true. with a flock of sheep.' When she came to the merchant in the town. I saw the black rascal with my own eyes. The others were all obliged to retire to a distance. I will not do it!' The shepherd hearing that. however.' At this same moment up came.' When the peasants heard that. and was to be rolled into the water. and answered: 'That is what we intend. I will not do it. wanted to take vengeance on him. in a barrel pierced full of holes. The innocent little peasant was unanimously sentenced to death. Then they came and rolled the barrel towards the water. At home the small peasant gradually launched out. The parson went to the crowd. killed all their cows.

' replied the peasant. driving a flock of sheep and looking quite contented. and the whole crowd plunged in after him as one man. whereupon the peasants cried: 'We already see the sheep down below!' The mayor pressed forward and said: 'I will go down first.' 'Very well. and just then there were some of the small fleecy clouds in the blue sky. it sounded as if he were calling them.' When dinner-time drew nigh. and they had not long been married. which was all the meat she had.' So she left the pan on the fire and took a large jug and went into the cellar and tapped the ale cask. until at last I got to the bottom.' So they went to the water together.' So he jumped in. yes.' said she. and away ran the dog across the field: but he ran . truly. After that the peasants went home. FREDERICK AND CATHERINE There was once a man called Frederick: he had a wife whose name was Catherine. deep down. 'more than I could want. and the small peasant. and said: 'Peasant. and they were reflected in the water. and if things promise well I'll call you. and a good draught of ale.' So up she ran from the cellar. and Catherine stood by with a fork and turned it: then she said to herself. 'it shall all be ready. and crept out. I may as well go to the cellar for the ale. 'The dog is not shut up--he may be running away with the steak. The beer ran into the jug and Catherine stood looking on. a flock apiece.' and they rolled the barrel down into the water. 'Kate! I am going to work in the fields. and was making off with it. that's well thought of. splash! went the water. One day Frederick said. as sole heir. 'The steak is almost ready. but the mayor said: 'I come first. At last it popped into her head. which are called little lambs. and as they were entering the village. and sure enough the rascally cur had got the steak in his mouth.' Said the peasants: 'Are there any more there?' 'Oh. and to crackle in the pan. became a rich man. and there were pretty meadows on which a number of lambs were feeding. when I come back I shall be hungry so let me have something nice cooked.' Then the peasants made up their minds that they too would fetch some sheep for themselves. I pushed the bottom out of the barrel. The steak soon began to look brown. the small peasant also came quietly in. Away ran Catherine. and put it on the fire to fry. Then the entire village was dead. and look about me.' said he. from whence do you come? Have you come out of the water?' 'Yes. 'I sank deep. Then the peasants were astonished. and from thence I brought this flock away with me. Catherine took a nice steak.there.

'How very neat and clean it looks!' At noon Frederick came home. she walked home leisurely to cool herself.' Then she strewed the meal all about the cellar. 'what have you for dinner?' 'O Frederick!' answered she.' Now he had a good deal of gold in the house: so he said to Catherine. and as she had run a good way and was tired. 'I was cooking you a steak.' 'Yellow buttons!' said they: 'let us have a look at them. Frederick.' said she. 'It's all gone. the ale ran out. and that if she sprinkled this over the floor it would suck up the ale nicely.' said she.' said she. and while I ran after him. and said. I upset the jug: but the cellar is now quite dry. 'that we kept that meal! we have now a good use for it. When she got to the cellar stairs she saw what had happened.faster than she. I might deal with you. and you will find the yellow buttons: I dare not go myself. and when the jug was full the liquor ran upon the floor till the cask was empty.' said Catherine. and when I went to dry up the ale with the sack of meal that we got at the fair. 'what shall I do to keep Frederick from seeing all this slopping about?' So she thought a while. and was quite pleased with her cleverness. Now all this time the ale was running too. but while I went down to draw the ale. So she turned round. he cried out. 'when one goes another may as well follow.' cried he. I should like to buy very much. 'Now.' The husband thought to himself. and upset it. Then she set them all about the house for a show: and when Frederick came back. I must look sharp myself. you should have told me before. and left her plenty of plates and dishes. 'If my wife manages matters thus. wife. and "what can't be cured must be endured". 'Kate. for Catherine had not turned the cock. but take care that you never go near or meddle with them. and they asked her whether she would buy. 'I did not know I was doing wrong.' said he.' 'Go into the garden and dig where I tell you. and then spoil all the meal?' 'Why. 'how could you do all this?' Why did you leave the steak to fry. Kate. what have you been doing?' 'See. 'Oh dear me. 'that I never will. 'What pretty yellow buttons these are! I shall put them into a box and bury them in the garden. they took them all away. and the ale to run. and looks so clean!' 'Kate. there came by some pedlars with earthenware plates and dishes. but I have no money: if you had any use for yellow buttons. 'I have bought all these with your yellow . Frederick. 'What a lucky thing.' As soon as he was gone. and stuck close to the steak.' So away she went for it: but she managed to set it down just upon the great jug full of beer.' said she.' said she. 'Ah! well.' So the rogues went: and when they found what these yellow buttons were. 'My stars!' said she.' 'No. the dog ran away with it. and thus all the ale that had been saved was set swimming on the floor also. and at last remembered that there was a sack of fine meal bought at the last fair.

that we may have something to eat by the way. 'Well. the pedlars went themselves and dug them up. While she was doing this kind office one of her cheeses fell out of the basket. we will soon get the gold back: let us run after the thieves.' 'No. so that the wheels might not hurt them so much. 'but take some butter and cheese with you. 'How can you say so?' said she.' said Frederick. 'and bring with you something to eat. and rolled down the hill. and thought to herself by the way.' 'Well. he left his wife some way behind. down the hill. he has younger legs than I have. and at last said to her husband. nobody knows where. and Frederick said. 'Frederick wants something to eat. 'you did not tell me. I suppose the other will go the same way and find you. I hope you locked the door safe when you came away.' 'Wife. 'Kate. down the side of which there was a road so narrow that the cart wheels always chafed the trees on each side as they passed. 'Where are the butter and cheese?' said he. they will never get well.' answered he. and the vinegar. see now.' So she took pity on them.' 'Then go home. for I have often seen him take some. But she said she supposed that they knew the road.buttons: but I did not touch them myself. Frederick. 'I am sure you never told me not. who desired her to give him something to eat. Then she gave him the dry bread. 'how they have bruised and wounded those poor trees.' 'What a goose you are to do such silly things!' said the husband. and away it went. wife. Catherine looked. 'Oh!' answered she.' Catherine did as he told her.' answered she.' said she. and she could not stay there all day waiting for them.' Then she rolled the other cheese after it. but could not see where it had gone. and made use of the butter to grease them all. 'Hark ye. 'I did not know there was any harm in it. we will try. 'I used the butter to grease those poor trees that the wheels chafed so: and one of the cheeses ran away so I sent the other after it to find it.' said she. but I don't think he is very fond of butter and cheese: I'll bring him a bag of fine nuts. 'It does not matter. 'Ah. I shall be so much nearer home than he. and would follow her. At last she overtook Frederick.' They ate the dry bread together. and I suppose they are both on the road together somewhere. and they set out: and as Frederick walked the fastest. so she said.' thought she: 'when we turn back.' Catherine stood musing for a while. you should have told me.' answered she.' 'Very well.' Presently she came to the top of a hill. 'what a pretty piece of work you have made! those yellow buttons were all my money: how came you to do such a thing?' 'Why.' . and do it now before we go any farther.' said Frederick.

'It must be near morning. began to be very tired. you may watch it as carefully as you please. for he was sure it would betray them. it is hailing. I must throw the door down soon. 'it will discover us. if you will. however.When she reached home.' 'I can't help that: they must go.' Frederick of course made no objection to that plan. she bolted the back door. make haste and throw them down. 'not now. as you have brought the door. for the wind shakes the fir-apples down.' answered he. then. so if you please. 'What a heavy dew there is!' At last it popped into Catherine's head that it was the door itself that was so heavy all the time: so she whispered. and said. I'll fasten them to the door. 'Frederick told me to lock the door. but surely it can nowhere be so safe if I take it with me. so they sat down and made a fire under the very tree where Frederick and Catherine were.' answered she. they will discover us. but I'll not carry the nuts and vinegar bottle also--that would be too much of a load.' So she poured all the vinegar down. They were in truth great rascals. that they cried out 'Murder!' and not knowing what was coming. and picked up some stones. 'go it must. and belonged to that class of people who find things before they are lost. Frederick slipped down on the other side. 'what a clever wife I have! I sent you to make the house fast.' So she took her time by the way.' Catherine.' 'Pray don't. they were tired. but the front door she took off the hinges.' 'No. 'There. so that everybody may go in and out as they please--however. 'Frederick. ran away as fast as they . than who should come by but the very rogues they were looking for. I must let the nuts go. Then he climbed up again. and they set off into the wood to look for the thieves. and you take the door away.' 'Well.' 'Very well. Catherine thought the door was still very heavy: so she whispered to Frederick. and the thieves said.' Then away rattled the nuts down among the boughs and one of the thieves cried. 'I must throw the vinegar down. but they could not find them: and when it grew dark. Frederick.' answered he. they climbed up into a tree to spend the night there. who had the door on her shoulder. there is the door itself.' A little while after. 'I'll carry the door. 'Frederick. Scarcely were they up.' said she. and when she overtook her husband she cried out. and tried to hit the thieves on the head with them: but they only said.' said she: and down went the door with such a clatter upon the thieves.' But he begged and prayed her not to do so.' 'I can't help that. you shall carry it about with you for your pains.' 'Alas! alas!' said he. 'Here goes. but she thought it was the nuts upon it that were so heavy: so she said softly. 'Bless me.

and this one she loved because she was her own daughter. All day long she dared not go out of doors. and heard everything. but found no one. She went into the kitchen. but when she was asleep. and she took the dead girl's head and dropped three drops of blood on the ground. and wanted to give her the apron.could. who was called Roland. and left all the gold. and one beautiful and good. and then she grasped the axe with both hands. tonight when she is asleep I will come and cut her head off. When he came out. she called her daughter. and took for herself the place at the back. and cried again: 'Where are you?' 'Here in the kitchen. the witch's daughter got into bed first. one in front of the bed.' said the old woman. and told her mother that she must and would have that apron. and one on the stairs. because she was her stepdaughter. SWEETHEART ROLAND There was once upon a time a woman who was a real witch and had two daughters. but saw no one on the stairs.' 'But. so as to lie at the far side. Then the witch cried: 'Where are you?' 'Here. and she sees what she has done.' cried the second drop of blood. the other pushed her gently to the front. and knocked at his door. she said to him: 'Listen. or we cannot escape if she pursues us. When the old witch got up next morning. When daylight comes. So when Frederick and Catherine came down. 'I counsel you first to take away her magic wand. and cut her own child's head off. on the stairs. The old woman went out. my child. . but she did not come. and felt with her left to see if anyone were lying at the outside. we shall be lost. close by the wall. one in the kitchen. but has struck her own child. Only be careful that you are at the far side of the bed. and this one she hated. my stepmother wanted to kill me. I am warming myself. 'Be quiet. and when bedtime had come. The stepdaughter once had a pretty apron.' It would have been all over with the poor girl if she had not just then been standing in a corner. Your stepsister has long deserved death.' The maiden fetched the magic wand. we must fly in all haste. the old woman came creeping in. and push her well to the front.' answered the first drop of blood. In the night. one ugly and wicked. dearest Roland. Then she hurried away with her lover. Then she cried again: 'Where are you?' 'Ah. I am sweeping. there they found all their money safe and sound. the girl got up and went to her sweetheart. she held an axe in her right hand.' said Roland. When she had gone away. 'and you shall have it. which the other fancied so much that she became envious.

Roland said: 'Now I will go to my father and arrange for the wedding. and the girl stood like a red landmark in the field and waited for her beloved. you shall still not escape me. may I pluck that beautiful flower for myself?' 'Oh. with her magic wand. But when Roland got home. 'That shall not help you. At this the girl and her sweetheart Roland resumed their natural shapes again. and went to endless trouble to entice the duck. she was forced to dance. her sweetheart Roland into a lake. and said to the musician: 'Dear musician.' cried the third drop of blood. 'even if you have got a long way off. she perceived her stepdaughter hurrying away with her sweetheart Roland. and as it was so pretty. the more violent springs was she forced to make. and herself into a duck swimming in the middle of it. the table and benches cleaned.' It befell. The girl. and the old woman had to go home at night as she had come. took it with him. 'and that no one may recognize me. he fell into the snares of another. sprang to the window.' She put on her many-league boots. plucked it. As they were now set free. The faster he played. whose head she had cut off. I will change myself into a red stone landmark. when she saw the old woman striding towards her. Then the maiden changed herself into a beautiful flower which stood in the midst of a briar hedge. as he did not return at all. changed. and the water was fetched. bathed in her blood. and as he did not stop. strange things happened in the shepherd's house. but at length. the fire in the hearth was lighted. and the thorns tore her clothes from her body. all the work was already done. and they walked on the whole night until daybreak.here in the bed. he began to play. The poor girl remained there a long time.' 'Then in the meantime I will stay here and wait for you. and changed herself into a flower.' As she was hastily creeping into the hedge and was just going to pluck the flower. and her sweetheart Roland into a fiddler. threw breadcrumbs in. and it was not long before she overtook them. I am sleeping. who so fascinated him that he forgot the maiden. for it was a magical dance. From that time forth.' cried she. and as she could look forth quite far into the world.' said the girl. and trample me down. 'I will play to you while you do it. and laid it away in his chest.' he replied. She went into the room to the bed. It was not long before the witch came striding up towards them. What did she see there? Her own child. and whether she would or not. When he arose in the morning. but the duck did not let herself be enticed. the room was swept. and pricked her and wounded her till she bled. The witch fell into a passion.' Then Roland went away. and at noon. . knowing perfectly well who the flower was. in which she covered an hour's walk at every step. and thought: 'Someone will surely come this way. however. yes. she was sad. she had to dance till she lay dead on the ground. however. that a shepherd kept his sheep in the field and saw the flower. The witch placed herself on the shore.

and that up to this time she had attended to his house-keeping. who admitted to him that she had been the flower. and said. She told him her story. and if you see anything. listen very early some morning if anything is moving in the room. she pricked her finger. for he never saw a human being in his house. had suddenly come home again to his heart. and three drops of blood fell upon it. but the other girls came and took her. and which had vanished from his mind. she promised not to go away. she grew so sad that she thought her heart would break. Swiftly he sprang towards it. and the flower come out. When the faithful maiden heard of this. and a good dinner served. When it came to her turn to sing. when the broad flakes of snow were falling around. but still at last he was so afraid that he went to a wise woman and asked for her advice. he saw the chest open. and she would not go thither. Then she gazed thoughtfully upon the red drops that sprinkled the white snow. Nevertheless. and next morning just as day dawned. He could not conceive how this came to pass. 'Would that my little . she stepped back. and no one could have concealed himself in it. and as she pleased him he asked her if she would marry him. and threw a white cloth over it. I will have no other!' Everything he had forgotten. Instantly the transformation came to an end.' The shepherd did as she bade him.' for she wanted to remain faithful to her sweetheart Roland. that is the true bride. although he had deserted her. Then the faithful maiden held her wedding with her sweetheart Roland. he sprang up and cried: 'I know the voice. but she answered: 'No. But when she began her song. until at last she was the only one left. and it reached Roland's ears. And now the time drew near when Roland's wedding was to be celebrated. according to an old custom in the country. and sing in honour of the bridal pair. the table was laid. and then she could not refuse. The wise woman said: 'There is some enchantment behind it. and then. SNOWDROP It was the middle of winter.when he came home. throw a white cloth over it. and grief came to an end and joy began. no matter what it is. it was announced that all the girls were to be present at it. and a beautiful girl stood before him. and as she sat looking out upon the snow. He was certainly pleased with this good attendance. and then the magic will be stopped. but to continue keeping house for the shepherd. The frame of the window was made of fine black ebony. that the queen of a country many thousand miles off sat working at her window.

'I will not hurt you. Then the glass one day answered the queen. thou pretty child. he felt as if a great weight were taken off his heart when he had made up his mind not to kill her but to leave her to her fate. for her little feet would carry her no further.' But Snowdrop grew more and more beautiful. glass. and said. and seven little glasses with wine in them.daughter may be as white as that snow. In the evening she came to a cottage among the hills. art fair. she picked a little piece of each loaf and drank a very little wine out of each . and when she was seven years old she was as bright as the day. tell me. queen. and her hair as black as ebony. As she was very hungry. Everything was spruce and neat in the cottage: on the table was spread a white cloth. and was very beautiful. seven little loaves. Then poor Snowdrop wandered along through the wood in great fear. as red as that blood. tell me true! Of all the ladies in the land. who became queen. when she went to look in it as usual: 'Thou. her skin was as white as snow. Who is fairest. art the fairest in all the land. But Snowdrop is lovelier far than thee!' When she heard this she turned pale with rage and envy. and seven knives and forks laid in order. and fairer than the queen herself. and he said. and by the wall stood seven little beds. but none did her any harm. and the wild beasts roared about her. and there were seven little plates. and beauteous to see. and as black as this ebony windowframe!' And so the little girl really did grow up.' So he left her by herself. and she was called Snowdrop. to which she used to go. She had a fairy looking-glass. who?' And the glass had always answered: 'Thou. and went in to rest. and say: 'Tell me. but his heart melted when Snowdrop begged him to spare her life. and called to one of her servants. 'Take Snowdrop away into the wide wood. and the king soon married another wife. that I may never see her any more. her cheeks as rosy as the blood. But this queen died. and though he thought it most likely that the wild beasts would tear her in pieces. and then she would gaze upon herself in it. with the chance of someone finding and saving her. but so vain that she could not bear to think that anyone could be handsomer than she was.' Then the servant led her away. queen.

'Who has been picking my bread?' The fourth. tell me. 'Who has been eating off my plate?' The third. art the fairest in all this land: But over the hills. 'Who has been sitting on my stool?' The second. believed that she must be the handsomest lady in the land. and the seventh dwarf slept an hour with each of the other dwarfs in turn. till at last the seventh suited her: and there she laid herself down and went to sleep. and dug and searched for gold. and they pitied her. that lived among the mountains. 'Who has been meddling with my spoon?' The fifth. and she went to her glass and said: 'Tell me. tell me true! Of all the ladies in the land. Then they went out all day long to their work. she might stay where she was. glass. So she tried all the little beds. and they warned her.glass. 'Who has been handling my fork?' The sixth. 'Good heavens! what a lovely child she is!' And they were very glad to see her. 'Who has been lying on my bed?' And the rest came running to him. 'The queen will soon find out where you are. O queen! than thee. and said. and called all his brethren to come and see her. By and by in came the masters of the cottage. queen. till the night was gone. and she Is lovelier far.' . Where the seven dwarfs their dwelling have made. now that she thought Snowdrop was dead.' But the queen. and said if she would keep all things in order. and they would take good care of her. and another was too short. and everyone cried out that somebody had been upon his bed. Now they were seven little dwarfs. seeking for gold and silver in the mountains: but Snowdrop was left at home. and said. They lighted up their seven lamps. But the seventh saw Snowdrop. The first said. 'Who has been drinking my wine?' Then the first looked round and said. and they cried out with wonder and astonishment and brought their lamps to look at her. There Snowdrop is hiding her head. and saw at once that all was not right. Who is fairest. so take care and let no one in. and after that she thought she would lie down and rest. in the greenwood shade. and cook and wash and knit and spin for them. 'Who has been cutting with my knife?' The seventh. but one was too long. who?' And the glass answered: 'Thou. and took care not to wake her. In the morning Snowdrop told them all her story.

and in a little time she began to breathe. and soon found the poisoned . and let no one in when we are away. that she took it up and put it into her hair to try it.' Then the queen said. In the evening the seven dwarfs came home. 'Bless me!' said the old woman. 'Good day. but the moment it touched her head. so she stood before the old woman. in the greenwood shade.' said the spiteful queen. Where the seven dwarfs their dwelling have made. they thought what had happened. but she set to work so nimbly. the poison was so powerful that she fell down senseless. But by good luck the dwarfs came in very early that evening. but to her great grief it still said: 'Thou. and I need not say how grieved they were to see their faithful Snowdrop stretched out upon the ground. that Snowdrop's breath was stopped. they lifted her up.' thought Snowdrop. she knocked at the door.' 'I will let the old lady in. and when they saw Snowdrop lying on the ground. 'how badly your stays are laced! Let me lace them up with one of my nice new laces.' said she. And it looked so pretty. and spoke to it as before. and cried.Then the queen was very much frightened. And she could not bear to think that anyone lived who was more beautiful than she was. and cried. as if she was quite dead. When she reached the dwarfs' cottage. good woman! what have you to sell?' 'Good wares. and she Is lovelier far. 'Fine wares to sell!' Snowdrop looked out at the window. and said. to the place where the dwarfs dwelt. and took with her a poisoned comb.' Then the blood ran cold in her heart with spite and malice. O queen! than thee. and pulled the lace so tight.' Snowdrop did not dream of any mischief. 'I dare not let anyone in. for she knew that the glass always spoke the truth. so she dressed herself up as an old pedlar. and when they found what ailed her. However. queen. she went straight to her glass. 'There's an end to all thy beauty. to see that Snowdrop still lived. and went away home. 'Fine wares to sell!' But Snowdrop said. she seems to be a very good sort of body. and she dressed herself up again. Then they said.' When the queen got home. and went her way over the hills. 'There you may lie. as she ran down and unbolted the door. 'laces and bobbins of all colours. There Snowdrop is hiding her head.' said the queen. and went her way. and she fell down as if she were dead. and very soon came to life again. 'The old woman was the queen herself. take care another time. they cut the lace. 'Only look at my beautiful combs!' and gave her the poisoned one. art the fairest in all this land: But over the hills. fine wares. and was sure that the servant had betrayed her. Then she knocked at the door. but in quite another dress from the one she wore before.

'what are you afraid of? Do you think it is poisoned? Come! do you eat one part. 'I dare not let anyone in.' 'Do as you please. And thus Snowdrop lay for a long. and washed her face with wine and water. and the dwarfs had gone home. and still only looked as though she was asleep. and first of all came an owl.' And then her wicked heart was glad. though the other side was poisoned. so they said. 'but at any rate take this pretty apple. and as red . Then she dressed herself up as a peasant's wife. art the fairest of all the fair. for the apple looked so very nice.' 'No.' So she went by herself into her chamber.comb. and her face looked just as it did while she was alive. They lifted her up. and wrote upon it in golden letters what her name was.' said the queen. and they were afraid that she was quite dead. I will give it you. but whoever tasted it was sure to die. and combed her hair. when she fell down dead upon the ground.' said Snowdrop. and told them all that had passed. and that she was a king's daughter. if it cost me my life. and when she saw the old woman eat. 'We will never bury her in the cold ground. 'I dare not take it. and all seven watched and bewailed her three whole days. for the little girl seemed quite dead.' And they made a coffin of glass. But she had scarcely put the piece into her mouth. and at last a dove. Meantime the queen went home to her glass. Then Snowdrop was much tempted to taste. and at last it said: 'Thou. and shook with rage when she read the very same answer as before. and got ready a poisoned apple: the outside looked very rosy and tempting. and bemoaned Snowdrop. and travelled over the hills to the dwarfs' cottage. she could wait no longer. so that they might still look at her. and as happy as such a heart could be. And the birds of the air came too.' said the old woman. but all was in vain.' 'You silly girl!' answered the other. And the coffin was set among the hills. and sat by her side. When evening came.' Now the apple was so made up that one side was good. queen. and they warned her once more not to open the door to anyone. 'Snowdrop shall die. for she was even now as white as snow. So they laid her down upon a bier. 'This time nothing will save thee. and she went home to her glass. and then they thought they would bury her: but her cheeks were still rosy. And when they took it away she got well. and I will eat the other. and then a raven. and knocked at the door. they found Snowdrop lying on the ground: no breath came from her lips. long time. for the dwarfs have told me not. and she said. and one of the dwarfs always sat by it and watched. but Snowdrop put her head out of the window and said.

she choked with rage. And when she got there. But lovelier far is the new-made queen. and as black as ebony. Who is fairest. and gave him the coffin. and said. Then an angel from heaven came to her .as blood. and said. At last a prince came and called at the dwarfs' house. and sometimes they went up into the mountains. as she thought. who had been so kind to Snowdrop in her time of need. THE PINK There was once upon a time a queen to whom God had given no children. 'Thou art quite safe with me.' At last. 'I love you far better than all the world. however. but they said. art loveliest here. and as she was dressing herself in fine rich clothes. tell me true! Of all the ladies in the land. among the rest. and saw that it was no other than Snowdrop. tell me. they had pity on him.' And Snowdrop consented. that she could not help setting out to see the bride. To the feast was asked. who. but the moment he lifted it up to carry it home with him. Then he offered the dwarfs money. 'We will not part with her for all the gold in the world. and prayed and besought them to let him take her away.' Then he told her all that had happened. 'Where am I?' And the prince said. and went home with the prince. glass. and Snowdrop awoke. and paid a visit to the little dwarfs. so come with me to my father's palace. and read what was written in golden letters. and fell down and died: but Snowdrop and the prince lived and reigned happily over that land many. she looked in the glass and said: 'Tell me. lady. Every morning she went into the garden and prayed to God in heaven to bestow on her a son or a daughter. but her envy and curiosity were so great. many years.' When she heard this she started with rage. and everything was got ready with great pomp and splendour for their wedding. Snowdrop's old enemy the queen. the piece of apple fell from between her lips. and he saw Snowdrop. who?' And the glass answered: 'Thou. had been dead a long while. and you shall be my wife. I ween.

and cut it in pieces. she said to the boy: 'Lie down in your bed. in which neither sun nor moon could be seen and had his wife put into it. and when she saw the old man coming. and when the time was come she gave birth to a son. When the king saw the blood on her apron. and if you do not do it. wish for a pretty girl as a companion.' Then the wicked wretch came in . The thought occurred to him. go to his bed and plunge this knife into his heart. and said: 'Tonight when the boy is asleep. thought to himself: 'If the child has the power of wishing. it shall cost you your own life. and he took a hen. Then came the old cook.' When he had gone away. that the king's son might some day wish to be with his father.' Then she went to the king. he believed this. and when he returned next day she had not done it. After a while the cook said to him: 'It is not well for you to be so alone. It happened once when the child was a little older. that it was lying in her arms and she fell asleep. and ordered her to be killed. and walled up. and said to him: 'Wish for a beautiful palace for yourself with a garden. and die of hunger. when everything was there that he had wished for. and laid them on a plate. however. Here she was to stay for seven years without meat or drink. and took her heart and tongue. The two played together. and loved each other with all their hearts. and washed herself there in a clear stream. who was already big enough to speak. which flew to her twice a day. so that whatsoever in the world he wishes for.and said: 'Be at rest.' Scarcely were the words out of the boy's mouth. and bring me his heart and tongue. and the king was filled with gladness. and carried her food until the seven years were over. and was more beautiful than any painter could have painted her. and I am here. however. fell into such a passion that he ordered a high tower to be built. and all else that pertains to it. and told him the joyful tidings. you shall lose your life. and stole it away. and he ran to the king and accused the queen of having allowed her child to be taken from her by the wild beasts. So he went out and took the maiden aside.' Thereupon he went away. and draw the clothes over you. he might very easily get me into trouble.' So he left the palace and went to the boy. that shall he have. and the old cook went out hunting like a nobleman. and said: 'Why should I shed the blood of an innocent boy who has never harmed anyone?' The cook once more said: 'If you do not do it. she had a little hind brought to her. The cook. Then he carried the child away to a secret place. who knew that the child had the power of wishing. and dropped some of its blood on the queen's apron and on her dress. But God sent two angels from heaven in the shape of white doves.' Then the king's son wished for one. where a nurse was obliged to suckle it. you shall have a son with the power of wishing. and she immediately stood before him. and thus bring him into great peril. Every morning she went with the child to the garden where the wild beasts were kept.

and he thought of his mother. and said: 'You old sinner. Said he: 'I am your dear son.' And when he had spoken these words. open at one end where he stationed himself.' she replied. and shall eat burning coals. and began to wish. Lady Queen. are you still alive. Then he went away to his own country. and am still satisfied. till the flames burst forth from your throat. And he went with them and made them form a great circle. The king's son remained there a short while longer. he should come to him. and cried: 'Beloved mother. he wished for a ladder which would reach up to the very top. and would ask how . why did you want to kill me? Now will I pronounce thy sentence. he said to the huntsman: 'As you are so clever. and commanded that his entire household should eat with him next day.and said: 'Where are the boy's heart and tongue?' The girl reached the plate to him. and took her with him. and driven home to the king.' for she thought the angels were there. and the cooks were ordered to bring up some live coals. and as it was so high. after having had none at all for years. So he summoned all the huntsmen together. The king said yes. 'the way is so long. When they were all assembled together. and will soon set you free. you shall sit by me. but that deer had never taken up their quarters in any part of the district or country. and wished that one of the king's principal servants would begin to speak of her. Then they were all placed on sixty country carts. and went to his father. but the king's son threw off the quilt.' 'Ah. and the huntsmen shot them. your majesty must excuse me. Now the king felt great joy at this. whom the wild beasts were said to have torn from your arms. and had a gold collar round his neck. Whilst he was sitting there.' until he did it. and bade them go out into the forest with him. Two hundred deer and more came running inside the circle at once.' He replied: 'Lord King. and caused himself to be announced as a strange huntsman. if he was skilful and could get game for him. or are you dead?' She answered: 'I have just eaten. and the poodle had to run after him. and for once he was able to deck his table with game. he wished that she might be changed into a beautiful pink.' But the king insisted on it. He went to the tower in which his mother was confined.' Then he descended again. and these he ate. and made a great feast. he thought of his dearest mother. Then the huntsman promised to procure as much game for him as he could possibly use at the royal table. You shall become a black poodle and have a gold collar round your neck. and what shall I do in a strange land where I am unknown?' As she did not seem quite willing. I will provide for you. the old man was changed into a poodle dog. but I am alive still. if you will go with me. and as they could not be parted from each other. and asked if he could offer him service. and wondered if she were still alive. At length he said to the maiden: 'I will go home to my own country. I am a poor huntsman. Then he mounted up and looked inside. until the flames broke forth from his throat. and said: 'You shall sit by me.

it was faring with the queen in the tower, and if she were alive still, or had perished. Hardly had he formed the wish than the marshal began, and said: 'Your majesty, we live joyously here, but how is the queen living in the tower? Is she still alive, or has she died?' But the king replied: 'She let my dear son be torn to pieces by wild beasts; I will not have her named.' Then the huntsman arose and said: 'Gracious lord father she is alive still, and I am her son, and I was not carried away by wild beasts, but by that wretch the old cook, who tore me from her arms when she was asleep, and sprinkled her apron with the blood of a chicken.' Thereupon he took the dog with the golden collar, and said: 'That is the wretch!' and caused live coals to be brought, and these the dog was compelled to devour before the sight of all, until flames burst forth from its throat. On this the huntsman asked the king if he would like to see the dog in his true shape, and wished him back into the form of the cook, in the which he stood immediately, with his white apron, and his knife by his side. When the king saw him he fell into a passion, and ordered him to be cast into the deepest dungeon. Then the huntsman spoke further and said: 'Father, will you see the maiden who brought me up so tenderly and who was afterwards to murder me, but did not do it, though her own life depended on it?' The king replied: 'Yes, I would like to see her.' The son said: 'Most gracious father, I will show her to you in the form of a beautiful flower,' and he thrust his hand into his pocket and brought forth the pink, and placed it on the royal table, and it was so beautiful that the king had never seen one to equal it. Then the son said: 'Now will I show her to you in her own form,' and wished that she might become a maiden, and she stood there looking so beautiful that no painter could have made her look more so. And the king sent two waiting-maids and two attendants into the tower, to fetch the queen and bring her to the royal table. But when she was led in she ate nothing, and said: 'The gracious and merciful God who has supported me in the tower, will soon set me free.' She lived three days more, and then died happily, and when she was buried, the two white doves which had brought her food to the tower, and were angels of heaven, followed her body and seated themselves on her grave. The aged king ordered the cook to be torn in four pieces, but grief consumed the king's own heart, and he soon died. His son married the beautiful maiden whom he had brought with him as a flower in his pocket, and whether they are still alive or not, is known to God.

CLEVER ELSIE There was once a man who had a daughter who was called Clever Elsie. And

when she had grown up her father said: 'We will get her married.' 'Yes,' said the mother, 'if only someone would come who would have her.' At length a man came from a distance and wooed her, who was called Hans; but he stipulated that Clever Elsie should be really smart. 'Oh,' said the father, 'she has plenty of good sense'; and the mother said: 'Oh, she can see the wind coming up the street, and hear the flies coughing.' 'Well,' said Hans, 'if she is not really smart, I won't have her.' When they were sitting at dinner and had eaten, the mother said: 'Elsie, go into the cellar and fetch some beer.' Then Clever Elsie took the pitcher from the wall, went into the cellar, and tapped the lid briskly as she went, so that the time might not appear long. When she was below she fetched herself a chair, and set it before the barrel so that she had no need to stoop, and did not hurt her back or do herself any unexpected injury. Then she placed the can before her, and turned the tap, and while the beer was running she would not let her eyes be idle, but looked up at the wall, and after much peering here and there, saw a pick-axe exactly above her, which the masons had accidentally left there. Then Clever Elsie began to weep and said: 'If I get Hans, and we have a child, and he grows big, and we send him into the cellar here to draw beer, then the pick-axe will fall on his head and kill him.' Then she sat and wept and screamed with all the strength of her body, over the misfortune which lay before her. Those upstairs waited for the drink, but Clever Elsie still did not come. Then the woman said to the servant: 'Just go down into the cellar and see where Elsie is.' The maid went and found her sitting in front of the barrel, screaming loudly. 'Elsie why do you weep?' asked the maid. 'Ah,' she answered, 'have I not reason to weep? If I get Hans, and we have a child, and he grows big, and has to draw beer here, the pick-axe will perhaps fall on his head, and kill him.' Then said the maid: 'What a clever Elsie we have!' and sat down beside her and began loudly to weep over the misfortune. After a while, as the maid did not come back, and those upstairs were thirsty for the beer, the man said to the boy: 'Just go down into the cellar and see where Elsie and the girl are.' The boy went down, and there sat Clever Elsie and the girl both weeping together. Then he asked: 'Why are you weeping?' 'Ah,' said Elsie, 'have I not reason to weep? If I get Hans, and we have a child, and he grows big, and has to draw beer here, the pick-axe will fall on his head and kill him.' Then said the boy: 'What a clever Elsie we have!' and sat down by her, and likewise began to howl loudly. Upstairs they waited for the boy, but as he still did not return, the man said to the woman: 'Just go down into the cellar and see where Elsie is!' The woman went down, and found all three in the midst of their lamentations, and inquired what was the cause; then Elsie told her also that her future child was to be killed by the pick-axe, when it grew big and had to draw beer, and the pick-axe fell down. Then said the

mother likewise: 'What a clever Elsie we have!' and sat down and wept with them. The man upstairs waited a short time, but as his wife did not come back and his thirst grew ever greater, he said: 'I must go into the cellar myself and see where Elsie is.' But when he got into the cellar, and they were all sitting together crying, and he heard the reason, and that Elsie's child was the cause, and the Elsie might perhaps bring one into the world some day, and that he might be killed by the pick-axe, if he should happen to be sitting beneath it, drawing beer just at the very time when it fell down, he cried: 'Oh, what a clever Elsie!' and sat down, and likewise wept with them. The bridegroom stayed upstairs alone for along time; then as no one would come back he thought: 'They must be waiting for me below: I too must go there and see what they are about.' When he got down, the five of them were sitting screaming and lamenting quite piteously, each out-doing the other. 'What misfortune has happened then?' asked he. 'Ah, dear Hans,' said Elsie, 'if we marry each other and have a child, and he is big, and we perhaps send him here to draw something to drink, then the pick-axe which has been left up there might dash his brains out if it were to fall down, so have we not reason to weep?' 'Come,' said Hans, 'more understanding than that is not needed for my household, as you are such a clever Elsie, I will have you,' and seized her hand, took her upstairs with him, and married her. After Hans had had her some time, he said: 'Wife, I am going out to work and earn some money for us; go into the field and cut the corn that we may have some bread.' 'Yes, dear Hans, I will do that.' After Hans had gone away, she cooked herself some good broth and took it into the field with her. When she came to the field she said to herself: 'What shall I do; shall I cut first, or shall I eat first? Oh, I will eat first.' Then she drank her cup of broth and when she was fully satisfied, she once more said: 'What shall I do? Shall I cut first, or shall I sleep first? I will sleep first.' Then she lay down among the corn and fell asleep. Hans had been at home for a long time, but Elsie did not come; then said he: 'What a clever Elsie I have; she is so industrious that she does not even come home to eat.' But when evening came and she still stayed away, Hans went out to see what she had cut, but nothing was cut, and she was lying among the corn asleep. Then Hans hastened home and brought a fowler's net with little bells and hung it round about her, and she still went on sleeping. Then he ran home, shut the house-door, and sat down in his chair and worked. At length, when it was quite dark, Clever Elsie awoke and when she got up there was a jingling all round about her, and the bells rang at each step which she took. Then she was alarmed, and became uncertain whether she really was Clever Elsie or not, and said: 'Is it I, or is it not I?' But she knew not what answer to make to this, and stood for a time in doubt; at length she thought: 'I will go home and ask if it be I, or if it be not I, they will be sure to know.' She ran to the door of her own house, but it was shut; then

she knocked at the window and cried: 'Hans, is Elsie within?' 'Yes,' answered Hans, 'she is within.' Hereupon she was terrified, and said: 'Ah, heavens! Then it is not I,' and went to another door; but when the people heard the jingling of the bells they would not open it, and she could get in nowhere. Then she ran out of the village, and no one has seen her since.

THE MISER IN THE BUSH A farmer had a faithful and diligent servant, who had worked hard for him three years, without having been paid any wages. At last it came into the man's head that he would not go on thus without pay any longer; so he went to his master, and said, 'I have worked hard for you a long time, I will trust to you to give me what I deserve to have for my trouble.' The farmer was a sad miser, and knew that his man was very simple-hearted; so he took out threepence, and gave him for every year's service a penny. The poor fellow thought it was a great deal of money to have, and said to himself, 'Why should I work hard, and live here on bad fare any longer? I can now travel into the wide world, and make myself merry.' With that he put his money into his purse, and set out, roaming over hill and valley. As he jogged along over the fields, singing and dancing, a little dwarf met him, and asked him what made him so merry. 'Why, what should make me down-hearted?' said he; 'I am sound in health and rich in purse, what should I care for? I have saved up my three years' earnings and have it all safe in my pocket.' 'How much may it come to?' said the little man. 'Full threepence,' replied the countryman. 'I wish you would give them to me,' said the other; 'I am very poor.' Then the man pitied him, and gave him all he had; and the little dwarf said in return, 'As you have such a kind honest heart, I will grant you three wishes--one for every penny; so choose whatever you like.' Then the countryman rejoiced at his good luck, and said, 'I like many things better than money: first, I will have a bow that will bring down everything I shoot at; secondly, a fiddle that will set everyone dancing that hears me play upon it; and thirdly, I should like that everyone should grant what I ask.' The dwarf said he should have his three wishes; so he gave him the bow and fiddle, and went his way. Our honest friend journeyed on his way too; and if he was merry before, he was now ten times more so. He had not gone far before he met an old miser: close by them stood a tree, and on the topmost twig sat a thrush singing away most joyfully. 'Oh, what a pretty bird!' said the miser; 'I

The miser crept into the bush to find it. all began capering.' 'If that's all. and jailer were in motion. 'I do not ask my life. 'Master! master! pray let the fiddle alone. you gave it me for playing a tune to you. but he did not come up to the musician's price for some time. and complained that a rascal had robbed him of his money. and he himself was all scratched and wounded.' The miser cried out.' said the other. but directly he had got into the middle. Then the miser began to beg and promise.' But the countryman seized his fiddle.' replied the other. but as he stood on the steps he said. no! no! for heaven's sake don't listen to him! don't listen to him!' But the judge said. he will soon have done. 'thou art only meeting thy reward': so he played up another tune. 'Bind me fast. and had just gained by cheating some poor fellow. till at last he offered a round hundred of florins that he had in his purse. and he danced him along brisker and brisker. put up his fiddle.would give a great deal of money to have such a one. bind me fast. and that the fellow who did it carried a bow at his back and a fiddle hung round his neck. 'I will soon bring it down.' So he took the purse. and offered money for his liberty. At last he went to the judge. So away he was taken. and . Then the miser said. 'Oh.' The fact was. 'No. The thorns soon began to tear his clothes till they all hung in rags about him. and said he had been robbed of his money.' said he. and began to ponder how he should take his revenge. 'My Lord Judge.' 'Anything but thy life. on account of the dwarf's third gift. 'No.' said the countryman. and the miser began to dance and spring about. 'Oh. 'I will agree to your proposal.' said the countryman. capering higher and higher in the air. so that the blood ran down.' Then he took up his bow. and down fell the thrush into the bushes at the foot of the tree. Then the judge sent out his officers to bring up the accused wherever they should find him. and travelled on very pleased with his bargain. Meanwhile the miser crept out of the bush half-naked and in a piteous plight. for heaven's sake!' cried the miser. clerks. he could not refuse the request. and cut the matter short by ordering him off to the gallows. and at the first note judge. and he was soon caught and brought up to be tried. his companion took up his fiddle and played away. When the countryman saw so much money. The miser began to tell his tale. and struck up a tune. only to let me play upon my fiddle for the last time. grant me one last request. and the miser bid higher and higher. for pity's sake. but the judge told him that was not likely. 'It is only this once. What have I done to deserve this?' 'Thou hast shaved many a poor soul close enough. he said. and beaten him into the bargain. and serve his late companion some trick.

to cook and to wash. At first the thing was merry and pleasant enough. Besides that. that she brought home with her. and asked his wife's daughters what he should bring them. and the little girl went every day to her grave and wept.' Then the countryman stopped his fiddle. ASHPUTTEL The wife of a rich man fell sick. and was always good and kind to all about her.' Soon afterwards she shut her eyes and died. and said. but when it had gone on a while. and turned her into the kitchen. and I will look down from heaven and watch over you. and left the miser to take his place at the gallows. to make the fire. to bring the water. and as this. And the snow fell and spread a beautiful white covering over the grave. Then he called to the miser. There she was forced to do hard work. It happened once that the father was going to the fair. In the evening when she was tired. This new wife had two daughters of her own. and the sun had melted it away again.no one could hold the miser. 'Always be a good girl. court. all were dancing together--judge. they called her Ashputtel. and when she felt that her end drew nigh. she had no bed to lie down on. where you got that gold. her father had married another wife. and all the people who had followed to look on.' said the miser in the presence of all the people. but he stopped not a whit the more for their entreaties. and gave her an old grey frock to put on. they began to cry out. 'What does the good-for-nothing want in the parlour?' said they. you vagabond. or I shall play on for your amusement only.' 'I stole it. 'they who would eat bread should first earn it. till the judge not only gave him his life. 'Fine clothes. and laughed at her. and that you earned it fairly. away with the kitchen-maid!' Then they took away her fine clothes. made her always dusty and dirty. At the second note the hangman let his prisoner go. and danced also. but by the time the spring came. and there seemed to be no end of playing or dancing. they were fair in face but foul at heart. of course. but was made to lie by the hearth among the ashes. 'I acknowledge that I stole it. and it was now a sorry time for the poor little girl. 'Tell us now. she called her only daughter to her bed-side. and laughed at her. and was buried in the garden. and beg him to leave off.' said the . the sisters plagued her in all sorts of ways. and miser. to rise early before daylight. and by the time he had played the first bar of the tune. but promised to return him the hundred florins. and said.

and chaffinch gay. and there it grew and became a fine tree. and talked with her. but when all was done she could not help crying. she should so have liked to have gone with them to the ball. and when he got home he gave it to his daughter. and who cannot even dance--you want to go to the ball? And when she kept on begging. haste away! One and all come help me. which was to last three days. and cried out: 'Hither. and out of those who came to it his son was to choose a bride for himself.' said she. brush our shoes. and put it into a dish but left the ashes. pick. and said. and went to her mother's grave and planted it there. pick. and at last she begged her mother very hard to let her go. quick! Haste ye. to get rid of her. you shall go to the feast too. fly! Blackbird. Then he bought for the first two the fine clothes and pearls and diamonds they had asked for: and on his way home. and brought her whatever she wished for. Hither. flying in at the kitchen window. 'You. child. thrush. Three times every day she went to it and cried.' cried the second. Ashputtel!' said she. Ashputtel's two sisters were asked to come. she said at last. pick: and among them all they soon picked out all the good grain. and watched over her. pick. 'Now. but the little maiden ran out at the back door into the garden. And the little doves stooped their heads down and set to work. a hazel twig brushed against him. and soon a little bird came and built its nest upon the tree. and if in two hours' time you have picked them all out. no clothes at all. haste ye!--pick. that brushes against your hat when you turn your face to come homewards. and cried so much that it was watered with her tears.' Then she did as she was told. 'Now. 'you who have nothing to wear. chirping and fluttering in: and they flew down into the ashes. for she thought to herself. and then the others began to pick. hither. pick!' Then first came two white doves. pick. so they called her up. hither.' Then she threw the peas down among the ashes. and after them came all the little birds under heaven. 'Pearls and diamonds. through the sky. Long before the end of the hour the work was quite . pick. as he rode through a green copse. 'what will you have?' 'The first twig. dear father. 'I will throw this dishful of peas into the ash-heap. and tie our sashes for us. for we are going to dance at the king's feast. and almost pushed off his hat: so he broke it off and brought it away.first. Then she took it. comb our hair. Turtle-doves and linnets. next came two turtle-doves.' said he to his own daughter. Now it happened that the king of that land held a feast.

pick.done. and you would only put us to shame': and off she went with her two daughters to the ball. quick! Haste ye. The king's son soon came up to her. and followed her sisters to the feast. and thought it must be some strange princess. But the little maiden went out into the garden at the back of the house. thrush. fly! Blackbird. rejoicing to think that she should now go to the ball. pick. Gold and silver over me!' Then her friend the bird flew out of the tree. and chaffinch gay. and left all the ashes. you have no clothes. hazel-tree. and all flew out again at the windows. no! you slut. you have no clothes. next came two turtle-doves. and they never once thought of Ashputtel. and cannot dance. Then Ashputtel brought the dish to her mother. chirping and hopping about. pick. Ashputtel went sorrowfully and sat down under the hazel-tree. she looked so fine and beautiful in her rich clothes. you cannot go. and out they flew again. you shall go too. and brought a gold and silver dress for her. shake. But her mother said. and after them came all the little birds under heaven. overjoyed at the thought that now she should go to the ball. and they put all the good grain into the dishes. and slippers of spangled silk. and the little doves put their heads down and set to work. Hither. and cannot dance. pick!' Then first came two white doves in at the kitchen window. 'If you can in one hour's time pick two of those dishes of peas out of the ashes. Before half an hour's time all was done. and took her by the hand and danced . 'No.' And thus she thought she should at least get rid of her. and she put them on. and then the others began pick. 'It is all of no use. and cried out: 'Shake. But they did not know her. hither. hither. Now when all were gone. So she shook two dishes of peas into the ashes. haste away! One and all come help me. you shall not go. taking it for granted that she was safe at home in the dirt. pick. and cried out as before: 'Hither. she said. And they flew down into the ashes. haste ye!--pick. pick. pick. through the sky. And then Ashputtel took the dishes to her mother. Turtle-doves and linnets. But the mother said.' And when Ashputtel begged very hard to go. and nobody left at home.

with her. but when anyone else came to ask her to dance. and sisters were gone. and danced with her. and no one else: and he never left her hand. and then she wanted to go home: and the king's son said. and ran off towards home. 'This lady is dancing with me. Gold and silver over me!' And the bird came and brought a still finer dress than the one she had worn the day before. there lay Ashputtel among the ashes. and told him that the unknown maiden. and I think she must have sprung into the pear-tree. and Ashputtel. And when she came in it to the ball. in her dirty frock by the ashes. not knowing where to hide herself. and her dim little lamp was burning in the chimney. she jumped up into the pigeon-house and shut the door. and put them beneath the tree. and as the prince followed her. and when anyone asked her to dance. and said to him. who was waiting for her. and her father. he said. . hazel-tree. Ashputtel was lying.' The father thought to himself. In this garden stood a fine large pear-tree full of ripe fruit. 'Can it be Ashputtel?' So he had an axe brought. for he wanted to see where the beautiful maiden lived. but found no one upon it. and had there taken off her beautiful clothes. that he might see into what house she went: but she sprang away from him all at once into the garden behind her father's house.' When night came she wanted to go home. who had been at the feast. and carried her beautiful clothes back to the bird at the hazel-tree. and then put on her little grey frock. took her by the hand. shake. 'The unknown lady who danced with me has slipped away. For she had run as quickly as she could through the pigeon-house and on to the hazel-tree. had hid herself in the pigeon-house. Then the king's son lost sight of her. But she slipped away from him. that the bird might carry them away. 'I shall go and take care of you to your home'. The next day when the feast was again held. jumped up into it without being seen. mother. and had lain down again amid the ashes in her little grey frock. for she had slipped down on the other side of the tree. unawares. and the king's son followed here as before. as she always did. he said as before. But when they had broken open the door they found no one within. and said: 'Shake. Then he waited till her father came home. and as they came back into the house. but waited till her father came home.' Thus they danced till a late hour of the night. and could not find out where she was gone. everyone wondered at her beauty: but the king's son. Ashputtel went to the hazel-tree. and they cut down the tree. 'This lady is dancing with me. And when they came back into the kitchen.

and set her beside him on his horse. and the mother stood by. and brought the false bride back to her home. for they had beautiful feet. and rode away with her homewards. when her father and mother and sisters were gone. and said. But her mother squeezed it in till the blood came. 'This is not the right bride. The eldest went first into the room where the slipper was. The prince took the shoe. and had no doubt that they could wear the golden slipper.' So the silly girl cut off her great toe. let the other sister try and put on the slipper. and said to himself. and not made for you! Prince! prince! look again for thy bride. which was too large. when you are queen you will not care about toes. But on their way home they had to pass by the hazel-tree that Ashputtel had planted. and went the next day to the king his father. and slippers which were all of gold: so that when she came to the feast no one knew what to say. she again slipped away from him. 'This lady is _my_ partner. she went again into the garden. and wanted to try it on. and the shoe was altogether much too small for her. you will not want to walk. and took her to the king's son: and he set her . though in such a hurry that she dropped her left golden slipper upon the stairs. sir. Then he took her for his bride. and thus squeezed on the shoe. all but the heel. and said: 'Shake. Gold and silver over me!' Then her kind friend the bird brought a dress still finer than the former one. But her great toe could not go into it.The third day.' Then both the sisters were overjoyed to hear it. and said. and on the branch sat a little dove singing: 'Back again! back again! look to the shoe! The shoe is too small. he said. hazel-tree. what a trick she had played him. shake. and said. cut it off. So he turned his horse round. 'I will not lose her this time'. and went to the king's son. and he saw.' Then the prince got down and looked at her foot. for wonder at her beauty: and the king's son danced with nobody but her. but.' When night came she wanted to go home. Then the mother gave her a knife. however. by the blood that streamed from it.' Then she went into the room and got her foot into the shoe. and when anyone else asked her to dance. and the king's son would go with her. 'I will take for my wife the lady that this golden slipper fits. For she's not the true one that sits by thy side. 'Never mind.

it came flying. and put on the golden slipper. THE WHITE SNAKE A long time ago there lived a king who was famed for his wisdom through all the land. and not made for you! Prince! prince! look again for thy bride. however. and said. and sang: 'Back again! back again! look to the shoe! The shoe is too small. and then went in and curtsied to him. that her white stockings were quite red.' But the mother and both the sisters were frightened. and saw that the blood streamed so much from the shoe. and she first washed her face and hands. and he reached her the golden slipper.' The prince told him to send her. 'No. and it fitted her as if it had been made for her. 'there is only a little dirty Ashputtel here. But the mother said. and so went home with her.' Then he looked down. the child of my first wife. For she is the true one that sits by thy side!' And when the dove had done its song. and even the servant did not know what . And when he drew near and looked at her face he knew her. and rode away with her. when the table was cleared.' However. 'This is the right bride. I am sure she cannot be the bride. every day after dinner.' said he. a trusty servant had to bring him one more dish. and it seemed as if news of the most secret things was brought to him through the air. she is much too dirty. the white dove sang: 'Home! home! look at the shoe! Princess! the shoe was made for you! Prince! prince! take home thy bride. and turned pale with anger as he took Ashputtel on his horse. and rode away with her. For she's not the true one that sits by thy side. 'have you no other daughters?' 'No. But when they came to the hazel-tree the little dove sat there still. and perched upon her right shoulder. Nothing was hidden from him. But he had a strange custom. and no one else was present. It was covered. And when they came to the hazel-tree. the prince would have her come. she will not dare to show herself.' said he to the father.as his bride by his side on his horse. 'This is not the true bride. So he turned his horse and brought her also back again. no. Then she took her clumsy shoe off her left foot.

and threatened with angry words that unless he could before the morrow point out the thief.' The servant at once seized her by the neck. carried her to the kitchen.' said the cook. The servant stood by and listened. They were telling one another of all the places where they had been waddling about all the morning. so he cut of a little bit and put it into his mouth. When he had carefully locked the door. The king ordered the man to be brought before him. to make amends for the wrong.' So he cut off her head. and has been waiting to be roasted long enough. But when he saw it he could not deny himself the pleasure of tasting it. and only asked for a horse and some money for travelling. and the king. Now some ducks were sitting together quietly by a brook and taking their rest. whilst they were making their feathers smooth with their bills. the queen's ring was found inside her. and what good food they had found. though . who took away the dish. and said to the cook: 'Here is a fine duck. In his trouble and fear he went down into the courtyard and took thought how to help himself out of his trouble. This had gone on for a long time. and one day came to a pond. and weighed her in his hand. The servant refused everything. When his request was granted he set out on his way. Now. In vain he declared his innocence. Now it so happened that on this very day the queen lost her most beautiful ring. and saw a white snake lying on the dish.' 'Yes. No sooner had it touched his tongue than he heard a strange whispering of little voices outside his window. was overcome with such curiosity that he could not help carrying the dish into his room. Eating the snake had given him power of understanding the language of animals. and as she was being dressed for the spit. and then noticed that it was the sparrows who were chattering together. he himself should be looked upon as guilty and executed. and. and suspicion of having stolen it fell upon this trusty servant. he was dismissed with no better answer. as I was eating in haste I swallowed a ring which lay under the queen's window. who was allowed to go everywhere. when one day the servant. neither did anyone know. they were having a confidential conversation together. and promised him the best place in the court that he could wish for.was in it. and telling one another of all kinds of things which they had seen in the fields and woods. pray. kill her. where he saw three fishes caught in the reeds and gasping for water. 'she has spared no trouble to fatten herself. He went and listened. and one said in a pitiful tone: 'Something lies heavy on my stomach. he lifted up the cover. as he had a mind to see the world and go about a little. allowed him to ask a favour. The servant could now easily prove his innocence. for the king never took off the cover to eat of it until he was quite alone.

They leapt with delight. and there he saw two old ravens standing by their nest. and after a while it seemed to him that he heard a voice in the sand at his feet. flapping their wings. and a man rode up on horseback.it is said that fishes are dumb. but whoever seeks her hand must perform a hard task. what helpless chicks we are! We must shift for ourselves. and can provide for yourselves. went before the king. So he was led out to the sea. satisfied their hunger. then the king ordered him to fetch this ring up from the bottom of the sea. which it laid on the shore at the youth's feet. and added: 'If you come up again without it you will be thrown in again and again until you perish amid the waves. 'Out with you. He listened. you are big enough. and when he had taken it up and opened it. with his heavy hoofs. has been treading down my people without mercy!' So he turned on to a side path and the ant-king cried out to him: 'We will remember you--one good turn deserves another!' The path led him into a wood. There was a great noise and crowd in the streets. and gave it to them for food. and declared himself a suitor. and a gold ring was thrown into it. and they were the very fishes whose lives he had saved. then they went away. with their clumsy beasts. but lie here and starve?' So the good young fellow alighted and killed his horse with his sword. and if he does not succeed he will forfeit his life. leaving him alone by the sea. . put out their heads.' All the people grieved for the handsome youth. and. 'we cannot find food for you any longer. he got off his horse and put the three prisoners back into the water. keep off our bodies? That stupid horse.' But the poor young ravens lay upon the ground. when suddenly he saw three fishes come swimming towards him. He stood on the shore and considered what he should do. but in vain. there lay the gold ring in the shell. Then they came hopping up to it. he came to a large city.' Many had already made the attempt. The one in the middle held a mussel in its mouth. and crying: 'Oh. and cried to him: 'We will remember you and repay you for saving us!' He rode on. he heard them lamenting that they must perish so miserably. good-for-nothing creatures!' cried they. crying aloud: 'The king's daughter wants a husband. nevertheless when the youth saw the king's daughter he was so overcome by her great beauty that he forgot all danger. and yet we cannot fly! What can we do. as he had a kind heart. and when he had walked a long way. and cried: 'We will remember you--one good turn deserves another!' And now he had to use his own legs. and throwing out their young ones. and heard an ant-king complain: 'Why cannot folks. you idle. before his eyes.

quite full.' The youth. though he had no hope of finding it. he shall not be my husband until he had brought me an apple from the Tree of Life. where the Tree of Life stands. and they lived in undisturbed happiness to a great age. But when the proud princess perceived that he was not her equal in birth. and lay down under a tree to sleep. THE WOLF AND THE SEVEN LITTLE KIDS There was once upon a time an old goat who had seven little kids. when he should be led to death. One day she . and said: 'We are the three young ravens whom you saved from starving. They cut the Apple of Life in two and ate it together. when we had grown big. and required him first to perform another task. she scorned him. and took the Golden Apple to the king's beautiful daughter. then she said: 'Tomorrow morning before sunrise these must be picked up. he came one evening to a wood. as long as his legs would carry him.' The youth did not know where the Tree of Life stood. but he set out. Presently the king's daughter herself came down into the garden. and not a single grain was missing. but he could think of nothing. She went down into the garden and strewed with her own hands ten sacksful of millet-seed on the grass. After he had wandered through three kingdoms. we flew over the sea to the end of the world. and loved them with all the love of a mother for her children. But as soon as the first rays of the sun shone into the garden he saw all the ten sacks standing side by side. At the same time three ravens flew down to him. set out homewards. and would have gone on for ever. But she could not yet conquer her proud heart. and said: 'Although he has performed both the tasks. and then her heart became full of love for him. But he heard a rustling in the branches. full of joy. The ant-king had come in the night with thousands and thousands of ants. and have brought you the apple. and not a single grain be wanting. who had now no more excuses left to make. and was amazed to see that the young man had done the task she had given him. and heard that you were seeking the Golden Apple. and a golden apple fell into his hand. and there he sat sorrowfully awaiting the break of day. and the grateful creatures had by great industry picked up all the millet-seed and gathered them into the sacks. perched themselves upon his knee.' The youth sat down in the garden and considered how it might be possible to perform this task.Full of joy he took it to the king and expected that he would grant him the promised reward.

was the only one he did not find.' Then he put his paws in through the window and when the kids saw that they were white. hair. ate this and made his voice soft with it. but the wolf said: 'If you will not do it. be on your guard against the wolf. and has brought every one of you something back from the forest with her. and used no great ceremony. Then he came back. and made his paws white for him. knocked at it and said: 'Open the door for me. Ah! what a sight she saw . 'you are not our mother. you may go away without any anxiety. who was in the clock-case.' And when the baker had rubbed his feet over. if he comes in. I will devour you. 'We will not open the door. one after the other he swallowed them down his throat. and the seventh into the clock-case. and went on her way with an easy mind.' cried they. we will take good care of ourselves. he will devour you all--skin.' Then the miller was afraid. the sixth under the washing-bowl. So she called all seven to her and said: 'Dear children. the third into the stove. the fourth into the kitchen. and has brought something back with her for each of you. It was not long before someone knocked at the house-door and called: 'Open the door. dear children. they believed that all he said was true. The wretch often disguises himself. When the wolf had satisfied his appetite he took himself off. the second into the bed. She has a soft.' The kids said: 'Dear mother.' But the little kids knew that it was the wolf. our mother has not black feet like you: you are the wolf!' Then the wolf ran to a baker and said: 'I have hurt my feet. you are the wolf!' Then the wolf went away to a shopkeeper and bought himself a great lump of chalk. and opened the door. children. by the rough voice. this is the way of mankind. One sprang under the table. your mother is here and has brought something back with her for each of you. But who should come in but the wolf! They were terrified and wanted to hide themselves.' and refused. but you will know him at once by his rough voice and his black feet. The youngest. but your voice is rough. Truly. I have to go into the forest. and called: 'Open the door.' But the wolf had laid his black paws against the window. pleasant voice. laid himself down under a tree in the green meadow outside. your mother is here.' The miller thought to himself: 'The wolf wants to deceive someone. dear children. So now the wretch went for the third time to the house-door.' The little kids cried: 'First show us your paws that we may know if you are our dear little mother. and the children saw them and cried: 'We will not open the door. But the wolf found them all. knocked at the door of the house. and everything.' Then the old one bleated. he ran to the miller and said: 'Strew some white meal over my feet for me.wanted to go into the forest and fetch some food. and began to sleep. your dear little mother has come home. the fifth into the cupboard. Soon afterwards the old goat came home again from the forest. rub some dough over them for me.

and put as many of them into this stomach as they could get in. and as the stones in his stomach made him very thirsty. he got on his legs. I am in the clock-case. and hardly had she made one cut. all six sprang out one after another. but they were nowhere to be found. But it feels like big stones.there! The house-door stood wide open.' Then the seven kids dragged the stones thither with all speed. 'is it possible that my poor children whom he has swallowed down for his supper.' she said. said: 'Now go and look for some big stones. But when he began to walk and to move about. for in his greediness the monster had swallowed them down whole. and were all still alive. She sought her children. and the goat cut open the monster's stomach. the stones in his stomach knocked against each other and rattled. and had suffered no injury whatever. when she came to the youngest. and we will fill the wicked beast's stomach with them while he is still asleep. What rejoicing there was! They embraced their dear mother. At last. and when she had cut farther. heavens. the heavy stones made him fall in. The mother. 'Ah. The table. he wanted to go to a well to drink. there lay the wolf by the tree and snored so loud that the branches shook. Then cried he: 'What rumbles and tumbles Against my poor bones? I thought 'twas six kids. Then you may imagine how she wept over her poor children. than one little kid thrust its head out. a soft voice cried: 'Dear mother. but no one answered. She called them one after another by name. She looked at him on every side and saw that something was moving and struggling in his gorged belly. When they came to the meadow. and benches were thrown down. so that he was not aware of anything and never once stirred.' And when he got to the well and stooped over the water to drink. and the quilts and pillows were pulled off the bed. . and jumped like a tailor at his wedding. and the mother sewed him up again in the greatest haste. When the wolf at length had had his fill of sleep. chairs. When the seven kids saw that. they came running to the spot and cried aloud: 'The wolf is dead! The wolf is dead!' and danced for joy round about the well with their mother. however. and it told her that the wolf had come and had eaten all the others.' She took the kid out. the washing-bowl lay broken to pieces. and the youngest kid ran with her. At length in her grief she went out. and a needle and thread. can be still alive?' Then the kid had to run home and fetch scissors. and he drowned miserably.

but took hold of them and led them to a beautiful table covered with all sorts of good things: and when they had eaten and drunk. and the two brothers wanted to light a fire under the tree and kill the bees. lie the thousand pearls belonging to the king's daughter. and roast them. to think that he. went out to seek for his brothers: but when he had found them they only laughed at him. they all set out on their journey together. The two brothers wanted to catch two. you shall not kill them. The two elder brothers would have pulled it down. The next morning he came to the eldest and took him to a marble table. but they soon fell into a wasteful foolish way of living. they called a third time.THE QUEEN BEE Two kings' sons once upon a time went into the world to seek their fortunes. and said. But the little dwarf said. and they called to him once or twice.' So on they went. But the dwarf held them back. when they. However. who were so much wiser. where there were three tablets. containing an account of the means by which the castle might be disenchanted. I cannot let you burn them. should try to travel through the world. till they came to a door on which were three locks: but in the middle of the door was a wicket. There they saw a little grey old man sitting at a table. and no man was to be seen. The first tablet said: 'In the wood. so that they could not return home again. I will not suffer you to trouble them. he who seeks them will be turned into marble. Then they went through all the rooms. He said nothing. 'Let the pretty insects enjoy themselves. and came at last to an ant-hill. they must all be found: and if one be missing by set of sun.' Next they came to a bees'-nest in a hollow tree. so as to get their honey. had been unable to get on. 'Let the poor things enjoy themselves. under the moss. he showed each of them to a bed-chamber. in order to see how the poor ants in their fright would run about and carry off their eggs. but he did not hear: however.' . who was so young and simple. who was a little insignificant dwarf.' At length the three brothers came to a castle: and as they passed by the stables they saw fine horses standing there. and came to a lake where many many ducks were swimming about. so that they could look into the next room. and there was so much honey that it ran down the trunk. But the dwarf said. but all were of marble. Then their brother. 'Let the poor things enjoy themselves. and then he rose and came out to them.

Now they were all beautiful. and at last all he had in the world was gone. and all exactly alike: but he was told that the eldest had eaten a piece of sugar. the king of the ants (whose life he had saved) came to help him. and he had not found the first hundred: so he was turned into stone as the tablet had foretold. and he looked in the moss. It was to choose out the youngest and the best of the king's three daughters. who had been saved by the little dwarf from the fire. and all who had been turned into stones awoke. and she tried the lips of all three. he saw the two ducks whose lives he had saved swimming about. Then he cut his leather out. and it was not long before they had found all the pearls and laid them in a heap. save just leather enough to make one pair of shoes. And as he sat there. and took their proper forms. and the youngest a spoonful of honey. so he was to guess which it was that had eaten the honey. The third task was the hardest.The eldest brother set out. but he succeeded no better than the first. and the job was so tiresome!--so he sat down upon a stone and cried. but it was so hard to find the pearls. with five thousand ants. the next some sweet syrup. for he could only find the second hundred of the pearls. who worked very hard and was very honest: but still he could not earn enough to live upon. Thus the spell was broken. At last came the little dwarf's turn. THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER There was once a shoemaker. but at last she sat upon the lips of the one that had eaten the honey: and so the dwarf knew which was the youngest. and they dived down and soon brought in the key from the bottom. and sought for the pearls the whole day: but the evening came. And the dwarf married the youngest and the best of the princesses. meaning . and was king after her father's death. and therefore he too was turned into stone. The next day the second brother undertook the task. Then came the queen of the bees. but his two brothers married the other two sisters.' And as the dwarf came to the brink of it. all ready to make up the next day. The second tablet said: 'The key of the princess's bed-chamber must be fished up out of the lake.

as he and his wife were sitting over the fire chatting together.' The thought pleased the good cobbler very much. there was not one false stitch in the whole job. and the poor shoemaker. about Christmas-time. I am quite sorry to see them run about as they do. and went to bed early. I will make each of them a shirt. he said to her. there stood the shoes all ready made. so they left a light burning. 'These little wights have made us rich. left all his cares to Heaven. so that he bought leather enough for four pair more. that we may see who it is that comes and does my work for me. and they sat themselves upon the shoemaker's bench. 'I should like to sit up and watch tonight. when . and began to ply with their little fingers. with the money. The same day a customer came in. bought leather enough to make two pairs more. for when he got up in the morning the work was done ready to his hand. upon the table. And on they went. The good man knew not what to say or think at such an odd thing happening. that it was quite a masterpiece. he sat himself down to his work. who paid him handsomely for his goods. that he might get up and begin betimes next day. when. and then they bustled away as quick as lightning. In the evening he cut out the work. and the shoes stood ready for use upon the table. as before. till the job was quite done. and so it went on for some time: what was got ready in the evening was always done by daybreak. The next day the wife said to the shoemaker. I'll tell you what. to his great wonder. This was long before daybreak. so he went peaceably to bed.' The wife liked the thought. Soon in came buyers. His conscience was clear and his heart light amidst all his troubles. and could not take his eyes off them. and we ought to be thankful to them. He looked at the workmanship. and watched what would happen. and soon fell asleep. and a pair of pantaloons into the bargain. all was so neat and true. and one evening. for they have nothing upon their backs to keep off the cold. and the good man soon became thriving and well off again. and the shoes suited him so well that he willingly paid a price higher than usual for them. One evening. that the shoemaker was all wonder. and a coat and waistcoat. but he was saved all the trouble. and indeed it is not very decent. As soon as it was midnight. and do you make each of them a little pair of shoes. stitching and rapping and tapping away at such a rate. took up all the work that was cut out. there came in two little naked dwarfs. In the morning after he had said his prayers.to rise early in the morning to his work. and do them a good turn if we can. behind a curtain that was hung up there. He cut out the work again overnight and found it done in the morning. and hid themselves in a corner of the room.

there lived a rich man with a good and beautiful wife. but sorrowed much that they had no children. but when they saw the clothes lying for them. instead of the work that they used to cut out. and the snow had all disappeared. and first the trees budded in the woods. and she returned to the house feeling glad and comforted. and soon the green branches grew thickly intertwined. and all the earth was green. and as she was peeling them. and she was glad and at peace. but everything went well with them from that time forward. 'if I had but a child. and the blood fell on the snow. So the months followed one another. but still they remained childless. The good couple saw them no more. as merry as could be. About midnight in they came. and then went to sit down to their work as usual.all the things were ready. Presently the fruit became round and firm. and before another month had passed she had a little child. and . and away over the green. Then they dressed themselves in the twinkling of an eye. and then the blossoms began to fall. in which grew a juniper-tree. and said to him. they laughed and chuckled. and seemed mightily delighted. she cut her finger. and then she grew sad and ill. as long as they lived.' and as she spoke the words. In front of the house there was a court. A little while later she called her husband. They loved each other dearly. bury me under the juniper-tree. hopped round the room. A month passed. 'Ah. Once again the wife stood under the juniper-tree. and then went and hid themselves.' Then she felt comforted and happy again. as red as blood and as white as snow. that she fell on her knees. then another month went by. and danced and capered and sprang about. some two thousand years or so. that the wife prayed for it day and night. One winter's day the wife stood under the tree to peel some apples. to watch what the little elves would do. long ago. dancing and skipping.' sighed the woman heavily. weeping. and it seemed to her that her wish was granted. 'If I die. So greatly did they desire to have one. till at last they danced out at the door. but when they were fully ripe she picked the berries and ate eagerly of them. they laid them on the table. her heart grew light within her. and she was so overcome with her happiness. and it was so full of sweet scent that her heart leaped for joy. THE JUNIPER-TREE Long.

who was as red as blood and as white as snow.' said the little daughter again. and off went the little boy's head. 'If only I can prevent anyone knowing that I did it.' she thought.' And as he bent over to do so. and wept bitterly for her. will you have an apple?' but she gave him a wicked look. and made her behave very unkindly to the boy. give me an apple. 'Mother. and took a white handkerchief out of her top drawer. and said. and had no peace from the time he left school to the time he went back. the child of his first wife was a boy. and she lifted up the lid of the chest.' said the wife. 'Yes. 'Mother.' she said. and it seemed as if an evil spirit entered into her.' The thought came to her that she would kill him. so that the poor child went about in fear. and bound it with the handkerchief so that nothing could be seen. This evil thought took possession of her more and more. it pierced her heart to think that he would always stand in the way of her own child. He now had a little daughter born to him. The mother loved her daughter very much. Then she was overwhelmed with fear at the thought of what she had done. and placed him on a chair by the door with an apple in his hand.' 'Yes. and she was continually thinking how she could get the whole of the property for her. 'take one out for yourself. and later on he married again. She drove him from place to place with cuffings and buffetings. the evil spirit urged her. he was able to go about as usual. and she gave her a beautiful apple out of the chest. his sorrow grew less. 'Mother. 'My son. the chest had a very heavy lid and a large iron lock. my child.' Just then she looked out of the window and saw him coming. for she snatched the apple out of her little daughter's hand. . By degrees. and the evil spirit in the wife made her say kindly to him.when she saw that it was as white as snow and as red as blood. 'how dreadful you look! Yes. when he comes out of school.' She threw the apple into the chest and shut it to. give me an apple. and when she looked at her and then looked at the boy. and crash! down went the lid. So she went upstairs to her room. then she set the boy's head again on his shoulders. 'may not brother have one too?' The mother was angry at this. however. 'Come with me. but she answered. and although at times he still grieved over his loss. Her husband buried her under the juniper-tree. 'You shall not have one before your brother. and said. One day the little daughter came running to her mother in the store-room. her joy was so great that she died. The little boy now came in.' said the boy.

give him a box on the ear. But Marleen stood looking on. 'Where is my son?' The mother said nothing. and he told me he should be away quite six weeks. 'Where is my son?' 'Oh. what is done can't be undone. and all the time she did nothing but weep. . and in it she wrapped all the bones from under the table and carried them outside. brother is sitting by the door with an apple in his hand. 'Brother.' So little Marleen went. and he ought to have said goodbye to me. and when I asked him to give me the apple. so that there was no need of salt. Then she laid them in the green grass under the juniper-tree. The father again asked. and her tears fell into the pot. give me that apple. he did not answer. and she had no sooner done so. and Marleen still wept without ceasing.' and then she wept and wept. and as he ate. that she ran crying and screaming to her mother.' With this he went on with his dinner.' 'I feel very unhappy about it. 'What have you done!' said her mother. and he looks so pale. 'he is gone into the country to his mother's great uncle. and said. 'and if he does not answer. he threw the bones under the table. 'Mother. Presently the father came home and sat down to his dinner. 'but no one must know about it. then all her sadness seemed to leave her.' said the husband. and put him in the pot.' 'Go to him again. 'Oh!' she said. and nothing would stop her. and wept and wept. why do you weep? Brother will soon be back.' And she took the little boy and cut him up. Little Marleen went upstairs and took her best silk handkerchief out of her bottom drawer.' but he did not say a word. he likes being there. made him into puddings. but gave him a large dish of black pudding. and his head rolled off. and said.' said her mother. 'Little Marleen. then she gave him a box on the ear. he is going to stay there some time. little Marleen came up to her mother who was stirring a pot of boiling water over the fire.' 'What has he gone there for. he is well looked after there. and said. 'in case it should not be all right.' answered the wife. and that frightened me. so you must keep silence. he asked. and he never even said goodbye to me!' 'Well. She was so terrified at this. 'I have knocked off brother's head.Soon after this.' Then he asked his wife for more pudding. we will make him into puddings.

as it might be someone clapping their hands for joy. and so he stood gazing up at the bird. singing magnificently.' said the goldsmith. he still had on his apron. and the silk handkerchief and the bones were gone.and she wept no more. take it. My sister loved me best of all. the juniper-tree stood there as before. and when it could no more be seen. and as he crossed the threshold he lost one of his slippers.' said the bird. what a beautiful bird am I!' The goldsmith was in his workshop making a gold chain. and then he alighted again in front of the goldsmith and sang: 'My mother killed her little son.' 'Nay. and the branches waved backwards and forwards. 'Only sing me that again. Give that gold chain. 'how beautifully you sing! Sing me that song again. . 'Bird. After this a mist came round the tree. when he heard the song of the bird on his roof. And took my bones that they might lie Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt. But he ran on into the middle of the street. first away from one another. My father grieved when I was gone.' 'Here is the chain. 'I do not sing twice for nothing. And now the juniper-tree began to move. and I will sing it you again. and still held the gold chain and the pincers in his hands. Kywitt.' The bird flew down and took the gold chain in his right claw. that rose high into the air. and she went back to the house and sat down cheerfully to the table and ate. My father grieved when I was gone. She laid her kerchief over me. and in the midst of it there was a burning as of fire. He thought it so beautiful that he got up and ran out. while the sun came shining brightly down on the street. with a slipper on one foot and a sock on the other.' he said. and out of the fire there flew a beautiful bird. Little Marleen now felt as lighthearted and happy as if her brother were still alive. My sister loved me best of all. and then together again. The bird flew away and alighted on the house of a goldsmith and began to sing: 'My mother killed her little son.

on the upper shelf you will see a pair of red shoes.' Then he called his daughter and the children.' 'Nay. My father grieved when I was gone. then the apprentices.' The wife went in and fetched the shoes.' he said. and then he went back to the roof and sang: 'My mother killed her little son. and settled on the roof of a shoemaker's house and sang: 'My mother killed her little son. My sister loved me best of all.' said the shoemaker. and eyes like two bright stars in its head. 'now sing me that song again. My father grieved when I was gone. bring them to me.' said the man. and they all ran up the street to look at the bird. 'Bird. bird. here is a bird.' 'Wife.' answered the bird. Kywitt. and stood looking up at the bird on the roof with his hand over his eyes to keep himself from being blinded by the sun. 'I do not sing twice for nothing. 'Bird. what a beautiful bird am I!' The shoemaker heard him. My sister loved me best of all. girls and boys. And took my bones that they might lie Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt. And took my bones that they might lie Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt. you must give me something.' The bird flew down and took the red shoes in his left claw. what a beautiful bird am I!' Then he flew away. and saw how splendid it was with its red and green feathers. . 'sing me that song again. 'how beautifully you sing!' Then he called through the door to his wife: 'Wife. and its neck like burnished gold. She laid her kerchief over me. 'There. come and look at it and hear how beautifully it sings. come out. She laid her kerchief over me.' said the shoemaker. 'go into the garret. and he jumped up and ran out in his shirt-sleeves.She laid her kerchief over me. Kywitt.

Kywitt. hick hack. And took my bones that they might lie now there were only eight at work.' he said. click clack. click clack. 'what a beautiful song that is you sing! Let me hear it too.' Inside the mill were twenty of the miller's men hewing a stone. Kywitt.' answered the bird. and the mill went 'Click clack. 'I do not sing twice for nothing. two more men left off and listened. He had the chain in his right claw and the shoes in his left. he flew away. My father grieved when I was gone. Underneath And now only five. and as they went 'Hick hack. what a beautiful bird am I!' then he looked up and the last one had left off work.' 'Nay. sing it again. the juniper-tree. then one of the men left off. My sister loved me best of all.And took my bones that they might lie Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt. then four more left off. and now only one. click clack. She laid her kerchief over me. give me that . what a beautiful bird am I!' When he had finished. 'Bird.' the mill went 'Click clack.' The bird settled on a lime-tree in front of the mill and sang: 'My mother killed her little son. hick hack. Kywitt. and he flew right away to a mill. click clack.

what a beautiful bird am I!' And when he had finished his song. he can have it. .' But little Marleen sat and wept and wept. and the millstone round his neck. yes.' 'And I. Then the bird came flying towards the house and settled on the roof. The bird now flew to the juniper-tree and began singing: 'My mother killed her little son. She laid her kerchief over me. The father. as if a heavy thunderstorm were coming. the mother.' said the father.' 'If it belonged to me alone.' said the man. 'so pleased and cheerful.' The bird came down. he spread his wings.' said the others: 'if he will sing again. and I feel as if there were a fire in my veins. and little Marleen were having their dinner. the shoes in his left. My sister loved me best of all.' said the father. and all the while little Marleen sat in the corner and wept. and with the chain in his right claw. 'I feel so uneasy. And took my bones that they might lie Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt. and all the twenty millers set to and lifted up the stone with a beam.' said the mother. 'and I am so full of distress and uneasiness that my teeth chatter. 'I do feel so happy.' and she tore open her dress.millstone. then the bird put his head through the hole and took the stone round his neck like a collar. I feel just as if I were going to see an old friend again. he flew right away to his father's house. 'you should have it. and I will sing it again. 'and how beautifully the sun shines. 'How lighthearted I feel. and flew back with it to the tree and sang-'My mother killed her little son. Kywitt.' 'Yes. My father grieved when I was gone. and the plate on her knees was wet with her tears.' 'Ah!' said the wife.

the mother shut her eyes and her ears. then the woman fell down again as if dead. She laid her kerchief over me. 'Ah. . 'Ah me!' cried the wife. and it fell just round the man's neck. 'See. mother. he has given me this beautiful gold chain. but there was a roaring sound in her ears like that of a violent storm. 'if I were but a thousand feet beneath the earth.' said the man. then little Marleen laid her head down on her knees and sobbed. that she fell on the floor. and said. that I might not hear that song. Kywitt. and her cap fell from her head. He went inside. 'I feel as if the whole house were in flames!' But the man went out and looked at the bird. and in her eyes a burning and flashing like lightning: My father grieved when I was gone. so that it fitted him exactly. and how warm and bright the sun is. and looks so beautiful himself. do not go!' cried the wife. 'I must go outside and see the bird nearer. 'Look. what a beautiful bird am I!' With that the bird let fall the gold chain. and what a delicious scent of spice in the air!' My sister loved me best of all. that she might see and hear nothing. 'at the beautiful bird that is singing so magnificently.' said the man. And took my bones that they might lie Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt. Then the bird began again: 'My mother killed her little son. what a splendid bird that is.' But the wife was in such fear and trouble.' My father grieved when I was gone.

And took my bones that they might lie and he threw down the shoes to her. there was one plant bigger than all the rest. so that it might have been called the prince of turnips for . When the seed came up. Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt. and he has given me a pair of red shoes. but they only saw mist and flame and fire rising from the spot.' said little Marleen.' she said. 'I was so miserable. Kywitt. then they all three rejoiced. and seemed as if it would never cease growing. The father and little Marleen heard the sound and ran out. he became a gardener. crash! the bird threw the millstone down on her head.' But as she crossed the threshold. and she was crushed to death. but that has all passed away. She laid her kerchief over me. pulling off his red coat. she put on the shoes and danced and jumped about in them.My sister loved me best of all. and he took the father and little Marleen by the hand. 'Then I will go out too. with her hair standing out from her head like flames of fire. and dug his ground well. THE TURNIP There were two brothers who were both soldiers. there stood the little brother. for I feel as if the world were coming to an end. 'when I came out. what a beautiful bird am I!' And she now felt quite happy and lighthearted. and went inside together and sat down to their dinners and ate.' So she went out. The poor man thought he would try to better himself. 'I will go out too and see if the bird will give me anything. 'and see if it will lighten my misery.' she said. the one was rich and the other poor. and when these had passed. 'Well. and sowed turnips. that is indeed a splendid bird.' The wife sprang up. so. and it kept getting larger and larger.

bound him. and made him so rich that his brother's fortune could not at all be compared with his. nor whether it would be a blessing or a curse to him. so the soldier was forced to put it into a cart.' The other had no suspicions of his roguery: so they went out together. When the brother heard of all this. you are a true child of fortune. 'What shall I do with it? if I sell it. and two oxen could hardly draw it. he determined to manage more cleverly than his brother. who is rich. and at length wicked thoughts came into his head.there never was such a one seen before. and were going to hang him on a tree. and drag it home with him. everybody forgets me. who never could get enough to live upon. 'I have seen many strange things. let us go and dig it up. for if his brother had received so much for only a turnip. the best thing perhaps is to carry it and give it to the king as a mark of respect. and he resolved to kill his brother. At last it was so big that it filled a cart. he envied him sorely. 'You shall be poor no longer. no!' answered the gardener. I will give you so much that you shall be even richer than your brother. but because I am poor. so I laid aside my red coat. 'Dear brother. I have found a hidden treasure. but such a monster as this I never saw. and said. and got together a rich present of gold and fine horses for the king. and share it between us. So he hired some villains to murder him. and how a turnip had made the gardener so rich. and as they were travelling along. and your majesty knows him well. tilling the ground. 'What a wonderful thing!' said the king. One day he said to himself. and gave it to the king. and thought he must have a much larger gift in return. and drew the turnip to the court. and said he knew not what to give in return more valuable and wonderful than the great turnip. and all the world knows him. Where did you get the seed? or is it only your good luck? If so. However. they heard the trampling of a . he knew not upon whom to vent his rage and spite. and having shown them where to lie in ambush.' Then he gave him gold and lands and flocks.' 'Ah. I am a poor soldier. 'I am no child of fortune. and the gardener knew not what in the world to do with it. and set to work. it will bring no more than another. But whilst they were getting all ready. the murderers rushed out upon him. When he reached home. and said.' The king then took pity on him.' Then he yoked his oxen. what must his present be wroth? The king took the gift very graciously. and for eating. he went to his brother. the little turnips are better than this. and bethought himself how he could contrive to get the same good fortune for himself. and never will again. I have a brother.

for his thirst for knowledge was great. 'How is it with thee. in a short time. As soon as the man in the sack saw him passing under the tree.' So the student let him down. When the horseman came up. as if very unwillingly. by untying yonder cord. cried out.horse at a distance. and of precious stones. a merry fellow. The student listened to all this and wondered much. he trotted off on the student's nag. here have I. and I shall know all that man can know. and he begged earnestly that he might ascend forthwith. 'Wait a while. all the learning of the schools is as empty air. 'Now then. 'Thou must let the sack of wisdom descend. for behold here I sit in the sack of wisdom. where they left him dangling. A little longer. Then the other pretended to give way. cannot you contrive to let me into the sack for a little while?' Then the other answered. the number of the sands on the seashore. 'Blessed be the day and hour when I found you. who was journeying along on his nag. 'Who calls me?' Then the man in the tree answered. Compared to this seat. and swung him up by a cord to the tree. and not knowing where the voice came from. learned great and wondrous things. he proved to be a student. 'dost thou not feel that wisdom comes unto thee? Rest there in peace.' cried he. the laws that control the winds. and seeing no one. and set him free. 'Lift up thine eyes. but the time hung heavy upon him. the virtues of all simples. of birds. Meantime he worked and worked away. though wouldst feel and own the power of knowledge. at last he said. which so frightened them that they pushed their prisoner neck and shoulders together into a sack. tied up the sack. till thou art a wiser man than thou wert.' As he began to put himself into the sack heels first. till he made a hole large enough to put out his head. he cried out. and said. 'that is not the way. friend?' said he. if thou wilt reward me well and entreat me kindly. opened the sack.' So the student sat himself down and waited a while. and soon swung up the searcher after wisdom dangling in the air. my friend. and shall come forth wiser than the wisest of mankind. and ran away. and left the poor fellow .' said the gardener. and singing as he went. Here I discern the signs and motions of the heavens and the stars.' Then he pushed him in head first. Wert thou but once here. my friend!' The student looked about everywhere. 'let me ascend quickly. the healing of the sick. 'A little space I may allow thee to sit here. and then thou shalt enter.' So saying. 'Good morning! good morning to thee. till I have learnt some little matters that are yet unknown to me. but thou must tarry yet an hour below.

mother.' 'Goodbye. mother. Where have you been?' 'With Gretel. Hans. When he gets home it is suffocated. Hans.' 'What did you take her?' 'Took nothing. Hans says: 'Goodbye.' 'Whither away. Hans.' 'That was ill done. Hans. mother.' 'Good day.' 'Goodbye. CLEVER HANS The mother of Hans said: 'Whither away. Goodbye. Gretel. Hans. Hans.to gather wisdom till somebody should come and let him down. had something given me. Where have you been?' 'With Gretel. ties its legs. I'll behave well. Gretel. mother. Gretel.' 'Behave well. mother. What do you bring that is good?' 'I bring nothing.' 'Never mind. What do you bring that is good?' 'I bring nothing. Hans.' Hans comes to Gretel.' . 'Good day. 'Good evening. Hans?' Hans answered: 'To Gretel.' 'Behave well. 'Good day. 'Good evening.' 'Whither away. You should have stuck the needle in your sleeve. I'll behave well.' 'Never mind.' 'Good day. Hans. you should have put the knife in your pocket. you should have put a rope round the goat's neck.' 'What did Gretel give you?' 'She gave me a goat.' 'Where is the needle.' 'Goodbye.' 'Good day. she gave me something. and puts it in his pocket.' Gretel presents Hans with a knife. I want to have something given me. Hans. I want something given me. Hans. Gretel. Hans?' 'To Gretel. Where have you been?' 'With Gretel. Goodbye.' Hans comes to Gretel.' 'Never mind.' 'Good evening. will do better next time. Hans.' 'Where is the knife. sticks it into a hay-cart.' Hans comes to Gretel. mother. Hans. and goes home. Hans.' 'Goodbye.' Hans takes the knife. Hans?' 'To Gretel.' 'Oh.' Hans takes the needle.' 'Goodbye. will do better next time. Hans.' 'Good evening. she gave me something.' Gretel presents Hans with a young goat.' 'What did Gretel give you?' 'Gave me a knife.' 'Oh. 'Goodbye. Hans?' 'Stuck in the hay-cart. mother. 'Good evening.' 'That was ill done. and follows the cart home. I want to have something given to me.' 'Goodbye. What good thing do you bring?' 'I bring nothing.' 'Behave well. Goodbye. Hans. sticks it in his sleeve. mother.' What did you take her?' 'Took her nothing.' 'Where is the goat. 'Good day. Hans. I'll do better next time.' Gretel presents Hans with a needle. 'Goodbye. Hans. Gretel. Hans?' 'Stuck in my sleeve.' 'What did Gretel give you?' 'Gave me a needle.' 'Good evening. Hans.' 'That's ill done.' Hans takes the goat. I'll behave well. Gretel.' 'What did you take her?' 'Took nothing.' 'Oh. Hans?' 'Put it in my pocket.

Hans. and binds her fast.' Hans comes to Gretel. mother. I want something given me. Hans.' 'Oh. Where have you been?' 'With Gretel.' 'What did you take her?' 'I took her nothing. Hans?' 'To Gretel.' 'That was ill done. Hans. and put it in the stall.' 'Where have you the calf. 'Goodbye.' Gretel says to Hans: 'I will go with you.' Hans comes to Gretel.' 'Goodbye.' Hans takes the calf. Hans. mother. Gretel. and drags it away behind him.' 'Goodbye. Hans. Goodbye.' 'Goodbye. 'Good evening. Hans.' Gretel presents Hans with a calf. and scattered some grass for her. ties her to a rope. When he gets home.' 'Good day. leads her to the rack. Goodbye. Where have you been?' 'With Gretel. will do better.' 'What did Gretel give you?' 'Gave me a bit of bacon. 'Good day.' Hans takes Gretel.' 'Behave well. Hans.' 'Good evening. What good thing do you bring?' 'I bring nothing.' Hans comes to Gretel. I'll behave well. 'Good day. but would have something given. dogs took it. mother. Hans?' 'To Gretel. Hans.' 'Whither away.' 'Good day. Gretel. Hans.' .' 'I'll behave well. will do better next time. she came with me. Hans.' 'Where have you left Gretel?' 'I led her by the rope. mother. Hans?' 'I set it on my head and it kicked my face. mother. mother. she gave me something. Gretel. you should have carried the bacon on your head. mother. 'Good day. What good thing do you bring?' 'I bring nothing. but had something given me. Hans. The dogs come and devour the bacon. tied her to the rack.' 'Good day.' 'Goodbye. 'Good evening.' 'Never mind. Gretel. and the calf kicks his face.' 'Good evening. 'Good evening. brought it home.' 'Good evening. but would have something given. Hans.' 'Behave well. he has the rope in his hand. mother. Hans. Hans. Hans.' Gretel presents Hans with a piece of bacon.' 'Goodbye. you should have cast friendly eyes on her.' 'Where is the bacon. 'Goodbye. Then Hans goes to his mother. Gretel.' 'Whither away. Hans.' 'I'll behave well.' 'That was ill done. Hans?' 'I tied it to a rope.'Whither away.' 'Behave well.' Hans takes the bacon. Goodbye.' 'What did you take her?' 'I took nothing.' 'Never mind. What good thing do you bring?' 'I bring nothing. Hans?' 'To Gretel. Hans.' 'That was ill done. mother. will do better next time. you should have led the calf.' 'Never mind.' 'What did you take her?' 'I took her nothing. ties it to a rope. puts it on his head. Where have you been?' 'With Gretel.' 'What did Gretel give you?' 'A calf. and there is no longer anything hanging on to it.' 'What did Gretel give you?' 'She gave me nothing.

and his father asked: 'Now. my son. sprang up. 'is that all you have learnt? I will send you into another town. I will give you into the care of a celebrated master. are you not ashamed to appear before my eyes? I will send you to a third master.Hans went into the stable. try as I will I can get nothing into your head.' The youth was taken thither. but I warn you. you have spent the precious time and learnt nothing. and yet no one could do anything to stop this. and could learn nothing. and was no longer the bride of Hans. and let him go. and said: 'This man is no longer my son. 'Yes. and give me something that I can throw to . it is at the peril of your life. what have you learnt?' he answered: 'Dear father. my son. and his father inquired: 'My son. I will no longer be your father.' Then the father fell into the most furious anger. Then said the father: 'Hark you. he came home again.' The youth remained a whole year with the third master also. and when he came home again. who shall see what he can do with you. and after some time came to a fortress where he begged for a night's lodging. you lost man. but he was stupid. they could not do it for pity. which bark and howl without stopping.' The whole district was in sorrow and dismay because of them. When he came back the father again asked: 'My son. I have learnt what the dogs say when they bark. and stayed a year with this master likewise. whom they at once devour. go thither.' said the lord of the castle. The youth wandered on. and said: 'Just let me go down to the barking dogs.' They took him forth. THE THREE LANGUAGES An aged count once lived in Switzerland. what have you learnt?' He answered: 'Father. and at certain hours a man has to be given to them. and kill him. and command you to take him out into the forest.' 'Lord have mercy on us!' cried the father. and threw them in Gretel's face. I have learnt what the birds say. At the end of this time. cut out all the calves' and sheep's eyes. Then Gretel became angry. 'if you will pass the night down there in the old tower. You must go from hence. tore herself loose and ran away. The youth.' Then the father fell into a rage and said: 'Oh. to another master. called his people thither. I drive him forth. however. but if you learn nothing this time also. I have this year learnt what the frogs croak. who had an only son. but when they should have killed him.' The youth was sent into a strange town. and they cut the eyes and tongue out of a deer that they might carry them to the old man as a token. what have you learnt?' 'Father. and remained a whole year with the master. was without fear. for it is full of wild dogs.

and as he knew what he had to do. they had disappeared. and are obliged to watch over a great treasure which is below in the tower. he did it thoroughly. to the astonishment of everyone. He went down again. from their discourse. They are bewitched. where the Pope had just died. On the way he passed by a marsh. and the country was freed from the trouble. and bring evil on the land.them. but the doves counselled him to do it. THE FOX AND THE CAT It happened that the cat met the fox in a forest. and suddenly two snow-white doves flew on his shoulders and remained sitting there. the young count entered into the church. which had so affected him. the dogs did not bark at him. and asked him on the spot if he would be pope. And just as that was decided on. and knew not if he were worthy of this. and I have likewise learnt. Next morning. how are you? How is all with you? How are you getting on in these hard . and they can have no rest until it is taken away. and did not know one word of it. When he went inside.' she spoke to him in a friendly way.' Then all who heard this rejoiced. The howling of the wild dogs was henceforth heard no more. and led him down to the tower. After some time he took it in his head that he would travel to Rome. and as she thought to herself: 'He is clever and full of experience. and the lord of the castle said he would adopt him as a son if he accomplished it successfully. but the two doves sat continually on his shoulders. Then he had to sing a mass. why they dwell there. He was undecided. 'Good day. in which a number of frogs were sitting croaking. and said to the lord of the castle: 'The dogs have revealed to me. and brought a chest full of gold out with him. and there was great doubt among the cardinals as to whom they should appoint as his successor. and said it all in his ear. They at length agreed that the person should be chosen as pope who should be distinguished by some divine and miraculous token. dear Mr Fox. and did not hurt one hair of his head. and thus was fulfilled what he had heard from the frogs on his way. they will do nothing to harm me. At last he arrived in Rome. and much esteemed in the world. and when he became aware of what they were saying. ate what he set before them. he grew very thoughtful and sad. Then was he anointed and consecrated. he came out again safe and unharmed. how that is to be done.' As he himself would have it so. that he was to be his Holiness the Pope. but wagged their tails quite amicably around him. He listened to them. they gave him some food for the wild animals. and at length he said yes. in their own language. The ecclesiastics recognized therein the token from above.

'I am master of a hundred arts. 'I am going to try my luck in the world. you would not have lost your life. come with me. and sat down at the top of it.' answered he.' Just then came a hunter with four dogs. but this day four years we will come back to this spot. modestly.' 'Is that all?' said the fox. 'Here we must part. but the dogs had already seized him.' replied the cat. and where no one can find you out. and as the eldest was hastening on a man met him. Begin by learning some craft or another. that nothing could escape him that he had once set his mind upon. 'I have nothing to give you.' So the young man agreed to follow his trade. 'Then. each leading to a different country. At last he said: 'Oh.' said a poor man to his four sons. and were holding him fast. and I will teach you to become the cunningest thief that ever was. and asked him where he was going. 'go with me.' THE FOUR CLEVER BROTHERS 'Dear children.' cried the cat. you piebald fool. for I will only teach you to steal what will be fair game: I meddle with nothing but what no one else can get or care anything about.' said the other.' So each brother went his way. and he soon showed himself so clever.' 'No. went all out at the gate together. open your sack. and see how you can get on. where the branches and foliage quite concealed her.' So the four brothers took their walking-sticks in their hands. full of all kinds of arrogance. 'that is not an honest calling. and their little bundles on their shoulders. 'You with your hundred arts are left in the lurch! Had you been able to climb like me. Then the eldest said. 'Ah. 'Open your sack. 'you need not fear the gallows. what can you be thinking of? Have you the cheek to ask how I am getting on? What have you learnt? How many arts do you understand?' 'I understand but one. and what he wanted. 'When the hounds are following me. I will teach you how people get away from the hounds.' said the man. Mr Fox. and after bidding their father goodbye.times?' The fox. . Mr Fox. 'What art is that?' asked the fox. I can spring into a tree and save myself. you hungry mouse-hunter. When they had got on some way they came to four crossways. and in the meantime each must try what he can do for himself. and have into the bargain a sackful of cunning. The cat sprang nimbly up a tree. you must go out into the wide world and try your luck.' cried the cat to him. and what can one look to earn by it in the end but the gallows?' 'Oh!' said the man. looked at the cat from head to foot. and for a long time did not know whether he would give any answer or not. and should like to begin by learning some art or trade. you wretched beard-cleaner. You make me sorry for you.

'Then come with me. and said. come with me. and nothing can be hidden from you. the four brothers met at the four cross-roads.' The huntsman took up his bow.' said the father to the eldest son.The second brother also met a man. will never suit me. and be a star-gazer. 'With this you can see all that is passing in the sky and on earth. who. 'Whatever you shoot at with this bow you will be sure to hit. and said. . and said to the huntsman.' The star-gazer took his glass. 'take away the eggs without letting the bird that is sitting upon them and hatching them know anything of what you are doing. but kept sitting on at its ease.' said he. and having welcomed each other. and put one on each corner of the table. and learnt tailoring from the beginning. 'At the top of this tree there is a chaffinch's nest. and taught him so well all that belonged to hunting. where they told him all that had happened to them. that when he had served out his time. and said to the second son. looked up. and how each had learned some craft. and you will learn quite another kind of craft from that. tell me how many eggs there are in it. 'You can sew anything with this. and it never saw or felt what he was doing.' Not knowing what better to do. It is a noble art. and when he left his master.' So he looked up. and wanted to leave his master.' So the cunning thief climbed up the tree. asked him what craft he meant to follow. he gave him a glass. working backwards and forwards with a needle and goose. 'I do not know yet. 'Would not you like. 'sitting cross-legged from morning to night. and the joint will be so fine that no seam will be seen. 'Five. that he became very clever in the craft of the woods. he came into the plan.' said he. at the time agreed upon. 'that is not my sort of tailoring. when once you understand the stars. one day. 'Cut all the eggs in two pieces at one shot. the father said. and when he left his master he gave him a bow. and said. be it as soft as an egg or as hard as steel. Then.' 'Oh!' answered the man.' After the space of four years. for nothing can be hidden from you. Then the father took the eggs.' 'Now. who took him with him. and the fifth in the middle. set off towards their father's home. no!' said the young man. as they were sitting before the house under a very high tree.' The plan pleased him much. when he found out what he was setting out upon. and he soon became such a skilful star-gazer.' The youngest brother likewise met a man who asked him what he wished to do.' The third brother met a huntsman. 'to be a tailor?' 'Oh. and at one shot struck all the five eggs as his father wished. 'I should like to try what each of you can do in this way. and said. he gave him a needle. and brought away to his father the five eggs from under the bird.

the huntsman took up his bow and shot him straight through the heart so that he fell down dead.' said the huntsman. and with a few large stitches put some of the planks together. and learnt something worth the knowing. for the king's daughter had been carried off by a mighty dragon.' said the thief. Oh. But when he got over the boat. that a time might soon come for you to turn your skill to some account!' Not long after this there was a great bustle in the country. 'for I should kill the beautiful young lady also. and they then reached the ship and got home safe. so neatly that the shot shall have done them no harm. 'I see her afar off. and they had to swim in the open sea upon a few planks. and hatched them: and in a few days they crawled out.'Now comes your turn. 'sew the eggs and the young birds in them together again. . 'I dare not shoot at him. till they came to the right place. and they sailed together over the sea. where the tailor had sewn them together. and I can spy the dragon close by. however. and went and stole her away from under the dragon. on the rock.' Then the tailor took his needle.' said the star-gazer. So the tailor took his needle. and he soon cried out. and wanted to pounce upon them and carry off the princess. 'Well done. 'Here is a chance for us.' Then he went to the king. and asked for a ship for himself and his brothers. and had only a little red streak across their necks. but I am sure I do not know which ought to have the prize. the thief was sent to take them back to the nest. They were still not safe. and he sat down upon these. and the king mourned over his loss day and night. and sewed the eggs as he was told. for he was such a great beast that in his fall he overset the boat. and made it known that whoever brought her back to him should have her for a wife. with his head upon her lap. sitting upon a rock in the sea. and put them under the bird without its knowing it. 'I will soon find out where she is. but went on snoring. Then she went on sitting. and the dragon was lying asleep. for he awoke and missed the princess. and when he had done. 'you have made good use of your time. There they found the princess sitting. as he looked through his glass. Then the four brothers said to each other. but soon came the dragon roaring behind them through the air. Then away they hastened with her full of joy in their boat towards the ship. as the star-gazer had said. and then tacked them together so quickly that the boat was soon ready.' said he to the young tailor. and sailed about and gathered up all pieces of the boat. let us try what we can do. so quietly and gently that the beast did not know it.' 'Then I will try my skill. sons!' said the old man.' And they agreed to see whether they could not set the princess free. guarding her.

' 'No. there was great rejoicing.' Then there arose a quarrel between them. 'Each of you is right. have torn you and the princess into pieces. yet as she was his prettiest daughter. but before he went he asked each daughter what gift he should bring back for her. she is mine. the people laughed at him. for Lily was his dearest child. bring me a rose. and bid them goodbye. LILY AND THE LION A merchant. thinking what he should bring her. and somebody took better care of the young lady. On one side the . than to let either the dragon or one of the craftsmen have her again. And when the time came for him to go home. in one half of which it seemed to be summer-time and in the other half winter. and said. But to make up for your loss. but the third.' 'And if I had not sewn the boat together again. but he had sought everywhere in vain for the rose. as he had said.' 'Your seeing her would have been of no use. and the star-gazer said.When they had brought home the princess to her father. therefore she is mine. and when he went into any garden and asked for such a thing. I will give each of you. 'you would all have been drowned.' said the huntsman. and took good care of their father. who had three daughters. for it was the middle of winter. who was called Lily. therefore she ought to be mine. and he said to the four brothers. and asked him whether he thought roses grew in snow. This grieved him very much. So he kissed all three. as a reward for his skill. and as all cannot have the young lady. 'One of you shall marry her. 'if I had not taken her away from the dragon. there is somebody she likes a great deal better. and was very fond of flowers.' So the brothers agreed that this plan would be much better than either quarrelling or marrying a lady who had no mind to have them. he would. 'Dear father. 'for if I had not killed the dragon. the best way is for neither of you to have her: for the truth is. 'If I had not found the princess out. her father said he would try what he could do.' Now it was no easy task to find a rose.' said the thief. said. all your skill would have been of no use. The eldest wished for pearls. and they lived very happily the rest of their days. And the king then gave to each half a kingdom. and as he was journeying home. after all. and around the castle was a garden. he came to a fine castle. half a kingdom. he had bought pearls and jewels for the two eldest. therefore she ought to be mine.' Then the king put in a word. the second for jewels. was once setting out upon a journey.' said the tailor. but you must settle amongst yourselves which it is to be.

and when she saw that he had brought her the rose.' And at last the man yielded with a heavy heart. and on the other everything looked dreary and buried in the snow. 'Alas. till the night came again. and soothe him: perhaps he will let me come safe home again. I will give you your life. and said. But the lion was an enchanted prince. I will go to the lion. and said. and said she should not go. it was Lily.finest flowers were in full bloom. 'It may perhaps be only a cat or a dog. who loves me most. but in the evening they took their right forms again. and always runs to meet me when I go home. she was still more glad. saying. And when Lily came to the castle. and welcomed him home.' Then the servant was greatly frightened. he welcomed her so courteously that she agreed to marry him. and went forth with a bold heart into the wood. if you agree to this. and everyone was overjoyed to see her. she knew not whither. he will tear you in pieces. let what would happen. for your eldest sister is to be married. and told him to go to a beautiful bed of roses that was there. But she comforted him. 'nothing. but every morning he left his bride. 'Whoever has stolen my roses shall be eaten up alive!' Then the man said. they were riding away well pleased. And as he came near home.' Then he told her all that had happened. 'Dear father. and they lived happily together a long time. as he called to his servant. unless you undertake to give me whatever meets you on your return home. and went away by himself. the word you have given must be kept.' The next morning she asked the way she was to go. and kissed him. But her father began to be very sorrowful. my dearest child! I have bought this flower at a high price.' Then she rejoiced much at the thoughts of seeing her father once more. This done. and took leave of her father. After some time he said to her. and roared out. The prince was only to be seen as soon as evening came. can nothing save my life?' 'No!' said the lion. and to weep. and said he would give the lion whatever should meet him first on his return. 'I knew not that the garden belonged to you. and took the rose. and if you wish to go and visit her my lions shall lead you thither. and set out with the lions. 'It may be my youngest daughter. The wedding-feast was held.' But the man was unwilling to do so and said. and when he has you. and bring him away one of the finest flowers. his youngest and dearest daughter. 'Tomorrow there will be a great feast in your father's house. and the rose too for your daughter. for I have said I would give you to a wild lion. By day he and all his court were lions. she came running. when up sprang a fierce lion. and then he held his court. for they had . that met him. and eat you. 'A lucky hit!' said he.

and passed with the torches before the hall. she found only a white dove.' But he would not. and poor Lily followed. yet repose was still far off. and took with them their little child. Thus she went roving on through the wide world. a very small ray of light fell upon the prince. for if the least ray of the torch-light should fall upon him his enchantment would become still worse. Then the wedding was held with great pomp. But she told them how happy she was. no one saw that there was a crack in the door.' This said. for one day as she was travelling on she missed the white feather. Her second sister was soon after married. 'I will not go alone this time--you must go with me. However. 'Now. but as the train came from the church. and every now and then a white feather fell. she gave him no rest.thought her dead long since. he flew out at the door.' So she went to the sun and said. and she chose a large hall with thick walls for him to sit in while the wedding-torches were lighted. follow it.' said the . and thought to herself that the time was fast coming when all her troubles should end. she cried unto it. and be forced to wander about the world for seven long years. In a moment he disappeared. 'I cannot help thee but I will give thee an egg--break it when need comes.' said the sun. but. So at last they set out together. but every now and then I will let fall a white feather. 'I have not seen it. unluckily. and looked neither to the right hand nor to the left. 'Thou shinest everywhere. that will show you the way I am going. 'Thou shinest through the night. Then she began to be glad. but I will give thee a casket--open it when thy hour of need comes. and said she would take care no light should fall upon him. 'no aid of man can be of use to me. 'Seven years must I fly up and down over the face of the earth. 'Thou blowest through every tree and under every leaf--hast thou not seen my white dove?' 'No. and when the moon arose. and when she lifted up her eyes she could nowhere see the dove. and said. and when his wife came in and looked for him.' Then she thanked the moon. and at last you may overtake and set me free. for he should be changed into a dove.' So she thanked the sun. nor took any rest. over field and grove--hast thou nowhere seen my white dove?' 'No. and when Lily was asked to go to the wedding. and said.' said the moon. on the hill's top and the valley's depth--hast thou anywhere seen my white dove?' 'No. and showed her the way she was to journey. and then went back to the wood. and said that it would be a very hazardous thing. and she raised up her voice to it. and it said to her. for seven years. and went on till the night-wind blew. and went on her way till eventide. she said to the prince. and stayed till the feast was over.' thought she to herself.

I will also give thee this nut. the moon. winged like bird. therefore. she was led into his chamber. and both of them will appear to you in their own forms. for the seven years are passed away. Thus the unhappy traveller was again forsaken and forlorn. and so long as the cock crows. 'I have seen the white dove--he has fled to the Red Sea. and smite the dragon with it. jump on to his back with thy beloved one as quickly as possible. and smote the dragon. and said: 'I have followed thee seven years. 'When you are half-way over. on the right shore stand many rods--count them.' The princess asked what she meant. and all the people gazed upon her. and there he is fighting with a dragon. and she plucked the eleventh rod. who seeks to separate him from you.' Then the east wind and the west wind came. and I will give thee the dress. 'As far as the wind blows. 'Let me speak with the bridegroom this night in his chamber. and she took the casket that the sun had given her. and there was a feast got ready. But no sooner was the princess released from the spell. and is changed once more into a lion. and she heard that the wedding was about to be held. sitting by the Red Sea. thou dost forget to throw down the nut. than she seized the prince by the arm and sprang on to the griffin's back. When evening came. and he will carry you over the waters to your home. and the night-wind. and the lion forthwith became a prince. long way. if. but the south wind said. but she took heart and said.' So our poor wanderer went forth. 'but I will ask three other winds. and found all as the night-wind had said. and at last I have helped thee to overcome . 'Not for gold and silver. 'Heaven aid me now!' said she. So she put it on.night-wind. otherwise he would not have the strength to bear you the whole way. Then look round and thou wilt see a griffin.' said she. break it off.' She went on for a long. to seek thee. but she told her chamberlain to give the prince a sleeping draught.' Then the night-wind said. and she sat herself down at his feet. till I find him once again. I will journey on. till at length she came to the castle whither the princess had carried the prince. and found that within it lay a dress as dazzling as the sun itself. and said they too had not seen it. and the dress pleased the bride so much that she asked whether it was to be sold. and so the lion will have the victory. and she said. and went off carrying the prince away with her. 'I will give thee counsel. and the prince had fallen asleep. and out of the waters will immediately spring up a high nut-tree on which the griffin will be able to rest. 'but for flesh and blood. throw it down.' At last the princess agreed. I have been to the sun. and went into the palace. and the dragon is an enchanted princess. that he might not hear or see her. Go to the Red Sea. perhaps they have seen it.' continued the night-wind. and the dragon a princess again. he will let you both fall into the sea. and when thou comest to the eleventh.

that her voice only passed over him. for the strange princess had thrown a spell around me. there ran out a hen and twelve chickens of pure gold. Then poor Lily was led away. Then the prince took care to throw away the sleeping draught. and how a poor maiden had come and spoken to him in his chamber. and when she broke it. Wilt thou then forget me quite?' But the prince all the time slept so soundly. There they found their child. And she rose up and drove them before her. and how faithful and true to him she had been. that played about.' Then the princess thought to betray her as before. and said. so the farmer would give him nothing more to eat. and seemed like the whistling of the wind among the fir-trees. I shall not take you back again until you are . and sprang up. and after all their troubles they lived happily together to the end of their days. but for flesh and blood: let me again this evening speak with the bridegroom in his chamber. and forced to give up the golden dress. he knew his beloved wife's voice. 'Not for gold or silver. 'You have awakened me as from a dream. When they were half-way across Lily let the nut fall into the water. and then nestled under the old one's wings. and sat herself down and wept.' And they stole away out of the palace by night unawares. But as she sat she bethought herself of the egg that the moon had given her. who flew back with them over the Red Sea. and I will give thee the whole brood. and seated themselves on the griffin. and immediately a large nut-tree arose from the sea. and agreed to what she asked: but when the prince went to his chamber he asked the chamberlain why the wind had whistled so in the night. so as to form the most beautiful sight in the world. and when she saw that there was no help for her. and when Lily came and began again to tell him what woes had befallen her. whereon the griffin rested for a while. but Heaven hath sent you to me in a lucky hour. so that I had altogether forgotten you. THE FOX AND THE HORSE A farmer had a horse that had been an excellent faithful servant to him: but he was now grown too old to work. 'I want you no longer. And the chamberlain told him all--how he had given him a sleeping draught. and was so pleased that she came forth and asked her if she would sell the brood. so take yourself off out of my stable. and said. and was to come again that night. she went out into a meadow. and then carried them safely home.the dragon. till the bride saw them from her window. now grown up to be comely and fair.

' The lion was greatly pleased. the fox clapped the horse on the shoulder. what chance can I have of that? he knows I have none. 'Thou shalt stay in thy stable and be well taken care of. and then you can draw him to your den. THE BLUE LIGHT There was once upon a time a soldier who for many years had served the king faithfully.' Then he opened the door and turned him adrift. or he would not talk so. The poor horse was very melancholy. and eat him at your leisure.' However. and because I can no longer work he has turned me adrift. Presently a fox met him: 'What's the matter. 'Jip! Dobbin! Jip!' Then up he sprang. 'A little way off lies a dead horse. master.' And so the poor old horse had plenty to eat.stronger than a lion. and moved off. and when they came to the horse. 'why do you hang down your head and look so lonely and woe-begone?' 'Ah!' replied the horse. 'justice and avarice never dwell in one house. come with me and you may make an excellent meal of his carcase. the fox said.' The horse did as he was told. but the horse let him sing on. and said. The beast began to roar and bellow. I'll tell you what--I will tie you fast to his tail. The king said to him: . and wandered up and down in the wood. and made his way quietly over the fields to his master's house. and said. and the fox went straight to the lion who lived in a cave close by. and said to him. my friend?' said he. When the work was done. the fox bid him be of good cheer.' said he. and pretend to be dead. and he said. my master has forgotten all that I have done for him so many years. 'I have got the better of him': and when the farmer saw his old servant. so he laid himself down quietly for the fox to make him fast to the horse. and lived--till he died. 'I will help you. But the fox managed to tie his legs together and bound all so hard and fast that with all his strength he could not set himself free. seeking some little shelter from the cold wind and rain. his heart relented. 'You will not be able to eat him comfortably here. but when the war came to an end could serve no longer because of the many wounds which he had received. till all the birds of the wood flew away for fright. lie down there. and set off immediately. 'Here he is. dragging the lion behind him. stretch yourself out quite stiff. and says unless I become stronger than a lion he will not take me back again.' This advice pleased the lion.

but of what use was that to him? He saw very well that he could not escape death. 'This shall be my last pleasure.' said he to her. When he was above. and said: 'Lord. riding on a wild tom-cat and screaming frightfully. 'who gives anything to a run-away soldier? Yet will I be compassionate. and in the evening the witch proposed that he should stay one night more.' 'What do you wish?' said the soldier. perceiving her evil intention. and next day laboured with all his strength. then suddenly he felt in his pocket and found his tobacco pipe. pulled it out. but he did not forget to take the blue light with him.' The soldier spent the whole day in doing it. 'Good.' thought he. it burns blue. When the smoke had circled about the cavern. 'No. but could not finish it by the evening. On the way the dwarf showed him the treasures which the witch had collected and hidden there. 'I see well enough. which he went up to. tomorrow. and the blue light went on burning. lit it at the blue light and began to smoke. but I will keep you yet another night. quite astonished.' The little man took him by the hand. and take you in. there is an old dry well. 'or I shall starve. and chop it small.' The witch fell into a passion.' said the little man. she stretched down her hand and wanted to take the blue light away from him. and made her a signal to draw him up again. went away greatly troubled. and came to a house wherein lived a witch. and went away. She did draw him up. but when he came near the edge. The poor soldier fell without injury on the moist ground. and led him through an underground passage. and a little to eat and drink. 'I will not give you the light until I am standing with both feet upon the ground. 'then in the first place help me out of this well. When darkness came on. for he only receives wages who renders me service for them. 'Tomorrow.' In a short time she came by like the wind.' Next day the old woman took him to the well. let him fall again into the well.' The soldier consented. Behind my house. 'I must do everything you bid me. you shall only do me a very trifling piece of work. 'Do give me one night's lodging. in payment for which you must tomorrow chop me a load of wood.' 'Oho!' she answered. and never goes out. what are your commands?' 'What my commands are?' replied the soldier. suddenly a little black dwarf stood before him. he saw a light. until in the evening he entered a forest.' said the soldier. 'that you can do no more today. and you will not receive any more money. and let him down in a basket. into which my light has fallen.'You may return to your home. 'That you should dig all round my garden for me. if you will do what I wish. and carry her before the judge. He found the blue light.' said the witch. He sat for a while very sorrowfully. and you shall bring it up again. I need you no longer. and the soldier took as much gold as he could carry. which was still half full. Nor was it long before the little man .' Then the soldier did not know how to earn a living. he said to the little man: 'Now go and bind the old witch. and walked the whole day.' said he.

for if it is discovered. however. sweep his room. clean his boots.' 'The dream may have been true. but a very dangerous thing for you. but they made no track.' and then he threw them in her face.' The manikin said: 'That is an easy thing for me to do. 'At this moment. 'It is all done.' When twelve o'clock had struck. What further commands has my lord?' inquired the dwarf. She. 'Late at night. for the crafty manikin had just before scattered peas in every street there was. but he has dismissed me.' 'What am I to do?' asked the little man.' said the king. none. and I had to wait upon him like a servant. and do all kinds of menial work.' answered the soldier. When it was ready and the soldier had taken possession of it. only be at hand immediately. 'I was carried through the streets with the rapidity of lightning. they will fall out and leave a track in the streets. he ordered her to come to his chair. 'Aha! are you there?' cried the soldier. when the king's daughter is in bed. 'I will give you a piece of advice. but it was . you will fare ill. and clean and brighten them. He went to the best inn. if I summon you. the door sprang open. When the first cock crowed.' 'Nothing more is needed than that you should light your pipe at the blue light. and then he stretched out his feet and said: 'Pull off my boots.reappeared. some peas certainly did fall out of her pocket. the manikin carried her back to the royal palace.' But unseen by the king. 'and taken into a soldier's room. Next morning the king sent his people out to seek the track. and now I want to take my revenge. 'you can return home. and left me to hunger. and the manikin carried in the princess. And again the princess was compelled to do servant's work until cock-crow.' said he. and made her pick them up again. 'and the witch is already hanging on the gallows.' When she had done this. he summoned the little black manikin and said: 'I have served the king faithfully. The soldier returned to the town from which he came. 'get to your work at once! Fetch the broom and sweep the chamber. and make a small hole in the pocket. the manikin was standing beside him when he said that. It was only a dream. without opposition. and laid her in her bed. and told him that she had had a very strange dream. Fill your pocket full of peas. bring her here in her sleep. and then if you are carried away again. did everything he bade her. Next morning when the princess arose she went to her father. silently and with half-shut eyes. she shall do servant's work for me. At night when the sleeping princess was again carried through the streets. ordered himself handsome clothes.' Thereupon he vanished from his sight. and heard all.' said she. and yet I am just as tired as if I really had done everything. and I will appear before you at once. and then bade the landlord furnish him a room as handsome as possible.

I will soon contrive to find it. the blue light and the gold. who at the entreaty of the dwarf had gone outside the gate. 'Go wheresoever they take you.' said the latter to his master. and did not venture to stir again. As soon as the soldier was alone again. 'Do what I bid you. and that if the shoe were found in the soldier's house it would go badly with him. he was standing at the window of his dungeon. only take the blue light with you. It was found at the soldier's. and at night when the soldier again ordered him to bring the princess. and said: 'What does my lord command?' 'Strike down to earth that false judge there. said to him: 'Be so kind as to fetch me the small bundle I have left lying in the inn. and let them do what they will.' Next day the soldier was tried. gave him his kingdom for his own. and his daughter to wife. 'That I may smoke one more pipe on my way. revealed it to him. and had only one ducat in his pocket. The king was terrified. and merely to be allowed to live at all. picking up peas. 'but do not imagine that I will spare your life.all in vain. he lighted his pipe and summoned the black manikin. and the soldier himself.' His comrade ran thither and brought him what he wanted. In his flight he had forgotten the most valuable things he had. and his constable.' Then the manikin fell on them like lightning. And now loaded with chains. for in every street poor children were sitting. the manikin was there with a small cudgel in his hand. and I will give you a ducat for doing it. was soon brought back. .' said the king. and thrown into prison.' Then the soldier pulled out his pipe and lighted it at the blue light. he threw himself on the soldier's mercy. he begged a last favour of the king. The soldier tapped at the pane of glass.' The black manikin heard this plot. and spare not the king who has treated me so ill. When he was led forth to die. and though he had done nothing wicked. she hid her shoe under the bed. Next morning the king had the entire town searched for his daughter's shoe.' 'We must think of something else. and as soon as a few wreaths of smoke had ascended.' answered the king. darting this way and that way. 'What is it?' asked the king. last night. and again this third night the princess was obliged to work like a servant. 'keep your shoes on when you go to bed. hide one of them there. but before she went away. and saying: 'It must have rained peas. the judge condemned him to death. 'Have no fear. and told him that he knew of no expedient to counteract this stratagem.' 'You may smoke three. when he chanced to see one of his comrades passing by. and whosoever was so much as touched by his cudgel fell to earth. and before you come back from the place where you are taken. and when this man came up.' replied the soldier.

One day the child was very troublesome.' and at last he allowed himself to be persuaded. you can. still too young to run alone. set me free. In the garden behind the house is a large tan-heap. She grew impatient. a man was making his way through the wood when he heard a raven calling. if you do. The bird took its flight to a dark wood and remained there for a long time.' But she would not leave him alone.' 'What am I to do?' he asked. 'Go farther into the wood until you come to a house. and drank. then I should have a little peace. and seeing the ravens flying round the castle. she will offer you food and drink.' The man promised to do all that she wished. and the last by four black horses. 'Alas! I know even now that you will take something from the woman and be unable to save me. When he came to the house and went inside. Long after this. and said.' Scarcely were the words out of her mouth. but in another minute . and said: 'I wish you were a raven and would fly away. and the mother could not quiet it. at least you might take a draught of wine. 'I am by birth a king's daughter. however. and urged him saying. but you must not take of either. She replied. he went outside into the garden and mounted the tan-heap to await the raven. but am now under the spell of some enchantment. 'If you will not eat anything. wherein lives an old woman. he lay down for a little while. she opened the window. and flew away from her through the open window. you will fall into a deep sleep. the second by four chestnut. however. when the child in her arms was turned into a raven.' 'No. and on that you must stand and watch for me. but if you fail to keep awake and I find you sleeping. As it drew towards the appointed hour. and will not be able to help me. the old woman met him. I shall not be set free. and meanwhile the parents could hear nothing of their child. one drink counts for nothing. the first day it will be drawn by four white. but the raven said.' The man assured her again that he would on no account touch a thing to eat or drink. fully determined. I shall drive there in my carriage at two o'clock in the afternoon for three successive days. and unable to resist it. the raven said.' answered the man. to keep awake. As he drew near.THE RAVEN There was once a queen who had a little daughter. and he followed the sound of the voice. Suddenly a feeling of fatigue came over him. do what she would. 'I will neither eat not drink. 'Poor man! how tired you are! Come in and rest and let me give you something to eat and drink.

' She went as before to look for him. overcome by her persistent entreaties that he would take something. he lifted the glass and drank again. At last. drawn by her four white horses. Finally. there she found him as she had feared. fast asleep. of such a kind. As the raven drove along her four chestnut horses.' But she put down the dish of food and the glass of wine in front of him. and when he smelt the wine. The following day the old woman said to him. that all the noises in the world would not have awakened him. he was unable to resist the temptation. he still continued sleeping. off her finger. At two o'clock the raven came driving along. 'I know he has fallen asleep. they would never grow less. and this time her coachman and everything about her. and he could not stand upright any longer. she said to herself. she called him and shook him. and will not be able to set me free.' When she entered the garden. but he slept. The next day at noon. after giving him particulars of the food . she said sorrowfully to herself. Then she placed beside him a loaf.' She found him sleeping heavily. and all her efforts to awaken him were of no avail. 'I may not and will not either eat or drink. in which. but he felt even more overcome with weariness than on the two previous days. that however much he took of them. and said mournfully. as well as her horses. and some meat. He had not been there long before he began to feel so tired that his limbs seemed hardly able to support him. After that she drew a gold ring. but it was all in vain. the old woman came to him again with food and drink which he at first refused.his eyes closed of their own accord. and throwing himself down. 'I know he has fallen asleep. were black. on which her name was engraved. 'What is this? You are not eating or drinking anything. and put it upon one of his. Towards two o'clock he went into the garden and on to the tan-heap to watch for the raven. and it was impossible to awaken him. She was sadder than ever as she drove along. so again he lay down and fell fast asleep. At two o'clock the raven could be seen approaching. She got out of her carriage and went to him. sighing. and took a deep draught. he slept like a log. 'I know he has fallen asleep. but even before she reached the spot. she laid a letter near him. do you want to kill yourself?' He answered. and a flask of wine. and he fell into such a deep sleep. When the hour came round again he went as usual on to the tan-heap in the garden to await the king's daughter. lying on the tan-heap.

I can have you now for my supper. and said. from the contrast of its height with that of an immense giant who stood in front of it. if. 'Never mind. He found that the light came from a house which looked smaller than it really was. but he heard such a howling and wailing that he found it impossible to sleep. on it are marked all the towns. 'I have larger maps upstairs in the cupboard.' 'If that is so. 'I will leave you in peace. He waited till it was darker and people had begun to light up their houses.' Then his eyes fell on the things which were lying beside him. after a while he summoned up courage and went forward.' So he fetched his map. he was grieved at heart. however. through which he went on walking for fourteen days and still could not find a way out.' She then returned to her carriage and drove to the golden castle of Stromberg. but could not find it. come to the golden castle of Stromberg.' but they searched in vain. The giant was pleased with the good cheer. and the man brought out the bread. and that evening. this is well within your power to accomplish. 'I will look on my map.' So they went indoors together and sat down. When the man awoke and found that he had been sleeping. He travelled about a long time in search of it and came at last to a dark forest. for I have not had anything to eat for a long time. but the giant begged him to remain for a day or two longer until the return of his brother. He thought to himself. and it is now too late for me to save her. and knew from it all that had happened. she finished with the following words: 'I see that as long as you remain here you will never be able to set me free. thinking to rest again.' he said. which although he had eaten and drunk of them. I only thought of eating you because I had nothing else. 'If the giant sees me going in. who was . Again the next day he pursued his way through the forest. Once more the night came on.' 'I would rather you let that alone. and worn out he lay down under a bush and fell asleep. you still wish to do so.and drink she had left for him. were still unconsumed. we will look on those.' replied the giant. and ate and drank to his heart's content.' said the man. and then seeing a little glimmer ahead of him. and houses. The man now thought he should like to continue his journey. villages.' However. he read the letter. but he had no idea in which direction he ought to go. if you are wanting food I have enough to satisfy your hunger. he went towards it. When the giant saw him. he lay down as before. The giant said. meat. 'She has no doubt been here and driven away again. he called out. my life will not be worth much. When he had finished his supper the man asked him if he could direct him to the castle of Stromberg. and wine. 'It is lucky for that you have come. eager to start on his way and to reach the castle of Stromberg. for the castle was not marked even on these. and looked for the castle. 'for I do not willingly give myself up to be eaten. He rose up without delay.

prove whether all you have told me about your three things is true. but something that is of far more value. Another told him that he had found a cloak which rendered its wearer invisible.' said the giant. not money. I must then return to look after the child who is in our care. 'and I will carry you into the neighbourhood of the castle. they asked him about the castle of Stromberg. and it immediately flew open. When the brother came home. One of them said that he had found a stick. Accordingly. the man said. and looking up from the foot he saw the enchanted maiden drive round her castle and then go inside. 'I will give you something in exchange for those three things. Looking out from his hut one day he saw three robbers fighting and he called out to them. or whether they would separate. and they went on looking for the castle until at last they found it. and the third had caught a horse which would carry its rider over any obstacle. thereupon.' The robbers. therefore. and again they paused and looked about. He found it situated. On hearing this. they went on again with their fighting. he was greatly grieved. and handed him the stick and the cloak. saying. and even up the glass mountain. he went out and asked them why they were fighting so angrily with one another.' The man journeyed on day and night till he reached the golden castle of Stromberg. on a glass mountain. He was overjoyed to see her.' The giant. however. and said to himself. and he told them he would look on his own maps as soon as he had eaten and appeased his hunger. 'I have two hours to spare. but still was unable to get nearer to her. which now became more furious. carried the man to within about a hundred leagues of the castle. Then he fetched other older maps. 'God be with you. for that I have not got. however. but seeing no one went back to their fighting. made him get on the horse. they all went up together to his room and looked through his maps.' he cried again. and when he had put this round him he was no longer . They had been unable to decide whether they would keep together and have the things in common. but the sides were so slippery that every time he attempted to climb he fell back again.' They stopped when they heard the call. When he saw that it was impossible to reach her. but looking round and seeing nobody. and longed to get to the top of the mountain. but it was many thousand miles away. 'God be with you. 'I will remain here and wait for her. 'How shall I be able to get there?' asked the man.away in search of provisions. I must first.' and then thinking he should like to know the cause of dispute between the three men. and every day he saw the king's daughter driving round her castle. where he left him. 'You will be able to walk the remainder of the way yourself. A third time he called out. and that he had but to strike it against any door through which he wished to pass. but the castle was not to be found. 'God be with you. and there he sat and watched for a whole year. when he had finished his supper.' so he built himself a little hut.

Meanwhile he had gone outside again and mounted his horse and thrown off the cloak. with a golden goblet full of wine in front of her. 'and if that is so the man must also be here who is coming to set me free. crying. When he entered the forest he met a little grey-haired old man who bade him good day. I shall have none for myself. and threw it into the goblet. and said. and it flew wide open at once and he passed through. 'There. and let me have a draught of your wine. and tomorrow we will celebrate our marriage. but he gave it a blow with his stick. and the axe cut him in the arm. I am so hungry and thirsty. and cried aloud for joy.' THE GOLDEN GOOSE There was a man who had three sons. so that it rang as it touched the bottom. so that he had to go home and have it bound up. mocked. He mounted the steps and entered the room where the maiden was sitting. After this the second son went into the forest.' and he left the little man standing and went on.' But the clever son answered: 'If I give you my cake and wine. When he reached the gate of the castle. She could not see him for he still wore his cloak. and his mother gave him. and before he went his mother gave him a beautiful sweet cake and a bottle of wine in order that he might not suffer from hunger or thirst. a cake and a bottle of wine. The little old grey man . you idle vagabonds. are you satisfied now!' After this he rode up the glass mountain.' she exclaimed. But when he began to hew down a tree. and she kissed him. the youngest of whom was called Dummling.' She sought for him about the castle. be off with you. Then he dismounted and took her in his arms.[*] and was despised. 'That is my own ring. he found it closed. Then he fell upon them with the stick and beat them one after another. When therefore she came to the castle gate she saw him. and said: 'Do give me a piece of cake out of your pocket. like the eldest. you have got what you deserve. 'Now you have indeed set me free. It happened that the eldest wanted to go into the forest to hew wood. and sneered at on every occasion. but could find him nowhere.visible. it was not long before he made a false stroke. And this was the little grey man's doing. He took the ring which she had given him off his finger.

you will get wiser by hurting yourself. and after that the little man said: 'Since you have a good heart.' Then the little man took leave of him.' The father answered: 'Your brothers have hurt themselves with it. He lifted her up. At last the third also came with the like intent. The second came soon afterwards. thinking only of how she might get a feather for herself. Now the host had three daughters. and taking her with him.' Dummling answered: 'I have only cinder-cake and sour beer. Then Dummling said: 'Father. .' So they sat down. you do not understand anything about it. cut it down. was not delayed.' But Dummling begged so long that at last he said: 'Just go then. So they ate and drank.' and as soon as Dummling had gone out she seized the goose by the wing. and with it a bottle of sour beer. The eldest thought: 'I shall soon find an opportunity of pulling out a feather.' His mother gave him a cake made with water and baked in the cinders. and asked him for a piece of cake and a drink of wine. I am so hungry and thirsty. who saw the goose and were curious to know what such a wonderful bird might be.' and ran to them. and greeting him. and when it fell there was a goose sitting in the roots with feathers of pure gold. do let me go and cut wood. and when Dummling pulled out his cinder-cake. There stands an old tree. it was a fine sweet cake. but as soon as she had touched her sister. said sensibly enough: 'What I give you will be taken away from myself. if that pleases you. we will sit down and eat. said: 'Give me a piece of your cake and a drink out of your bottle. for goodness' sake keep away!' But she did not understand why she was to keep away. and would have liked to have one of its golden feathers. So they had to spend the night with the goose. however. went to an inn where he thought he would stay the night. When he came to the forest the little old grey man met him likewise. 'I may as well be there too.met him likewise. His punishment. I will give you good luck. and the others screamed out: 'Keep away. But the second son. 'The others are there. but her finger and hand remained sticking fast to it. but she had scarcely touched her sister than she was held fast. leave it alone. be off!' and he left the little man standing and went on. and you will find something at the roots. Dummling went and cut down the tree. and are willing to divide what you have. when he had made a few blows at the tree he struck himself in the leg.' she thought. and the sour beer had become good wine. too. she remained sticking fast to her. so that he had to be carried home.

but as soon as he touched her he likewise stuck fast. and made all manner of excuses and said he must first produce a man who could drink a cellarful of wine. the parson called out to them and begged that they would set him and the sexton free. and now there were seven of them running behind Dummling and the goose. Thereupon Dummling asked to have her for his wife.The next morning Dummling took the goose under his arm and set out. you good-for-nothing girls. and the man bent over the huge .' said Dummling. Soon afterwards he came to a city. where a king ruled who had a daughter who was so serious that no one could make her laugh. now left. cold water I cannot stand. one behind the other. why are you running across the fields after this young man? Is that seemly?' At the same time he seized the youngest by the hand in order to pull her away. he saw a man sitting. and when he saw the procession he said: 'For shame. Whilst the five were trotting thus one behind the other. and as soon as she saw the seven people running on and on. she began to laugh quite loudly. who could certainly help him. but that to me is like a drop on a hot stone!' 'There. Dummling asked him what he was taking to heart so sorely. and as if she would never stop. running behind three girls. He was astonished at this and called out: 'Hi! your reverence. and he answered: 'I have such a great thirst and cannot quench it. who had a very sorrowful face. but the king did not like the son-in-law. but was also held fast to it. without troubling himself about the three girls who were hanging on to it. wherever his legs took him. the parson. a barrel of wine I have just emptied. whither away so quickly? Do not forget that we have a christening today!' and running after him he took him by the sleeve. now right. When Dummling heard this. two labourers came with their hoes from the fields. 'just come with me and you shall be satisfied. Dummling thought of the little grey man. But they had scarcely touched the sexton when they were held fast. Before long the sexton came by and saw his master. So he had put forth a decree that whosoever should be able to make her laugh should marry her. I can help you. They were obliged to run after him continually. and was himself obliged to run behind. so he went into the forest. he went with his goose and all her train before the king's daughter. In the middle of the fields the parson met them.' He led him into the king's cellar. and in the same place where he had felled the tree.

'As soon as you come sailing back in it. but the king again sought a way out. and after the king's death. he must first find a man who could eat a whole mountain of bread. They told him that their father was very ill. in a country a great way off. and there sat the little grey man to whom he had given his cake. The wedding was celebrated. and drank and drank till his loins hurt. When he heard what Dummling wanted. and saying: 'I have eaten a whole ovenful of rolls.' said he. he said: 'Since you have given me to eat and to drink. and making an awful face. I will give you the ship. Dummling inherited his kingdom and lived for a long time contentedly with his wife. a little old man met them and asked what was the matter. and by the end of one day the whole mountain had vanished. and before the day was out he had emptied all the barrels. where in the same place there sat a man who was tying up his body with a strap. Then Dummling for the third time asked for his bride. 'it is the Water of Life. but went straight into the forest. 'you shall have my daughter for wife.' At this Dummling was glad. and ordered a ship which could sail on land and on water. but what good is that when one has such a hunger as I? My stomach remains empty. and said: 'Get up and come with me. and that they were afraid nothing could save him. Dummling did not think long. he could no longer prevent him from having his daughter. should take away his daughter. and when the king saw that. whom everyone called Dummling. there reigned.' said the little old man.' He led him to the king's palace where all the flour in the whole Kingdom was collected.' Then he gave him the ship which could sail on land and water. Then Dummling asked once more for his bride.' Dummling went straight into the forest. This king once fell very ill--so ill that nobody thought he could live. a king who had three sons. and as they were walking together very mournfully in the garden of the palace. His sons were very much grieved at their father's sickness. and from it he caused a huge mountain of bread to be baked. 'I know what would. and I must tie myself up if I am not to die of hunger. The man from the forest stood before it. and he made a new condition. you shall eat yourself full. [*] Simpleton THE WATER OF LIFE Long before you or I were born.barrels. If he could have a . began to eat. and I do all this because you once were kind to me. but the king was vexed that such an ugly fellow.

and at last the way was so straitened that he could not go to step forward: and when he thought to have turned his horse round and go back the way he came. and thus he was forced to abide spellbound. and the dwarf met him too at the same spot in the valley. I will go in search of the Water of Life. and met with the same elf. as it was the only thing that could save him. and the dwarf called to him and said. and he. but again the laugh rang in his ears. overhung with rocks and woods. and begged that he might go in search of the Water of Life. So he set out. and are too proud to ask or take advice. and rode on. whither so fast?' 'What is that to thee. 'I had rather die than place you in such great danger as you must meet with in your journey. he saw standing above him on one of the rocks a little ugly dwarf. 'Prince. and found that the path was closed behind him. and as he looked around.' The king was at first very unwilling to let him go. he will make me sole heir to his kingdom.' But he begged so hard that the king let him go.' said the king. and laid a fairy spell of ill-luck upon him.' Then the eldest son said. 'If I bring my father this water. with a sugarloaf cap and a scarlet cloak. But the dwarf put the same spell upon him as he put on his elder brother. was at last obliged to take up his abode in the heart of the mountains. But the dwarf was enraged at his behaviour. so that as he rode on the mountain pass became narrower and narrower.' Then he set out: and when he had gone on his way some time he came to a deep valley. he heard a loud laugh ringing round him.' For he thought to himself. among the mountains. too. and trusted he should soon be able to make his father well again. and rode on. 'Prince.draught of it he would be well again. and the kingdom will fall to me if I find the water. 'My brother is surely dead. and said. Meantime the old king was lingering on in daily hope of his son's return. the youngest son said he would go and search for the Water of Life. 'I am going in . saying. and the prince thought to himself. but at last yielded to his wish. 'Prince. you ugly imp?' said the prince haughtily. 'I will soon find it': and he went to the sick king. as before. but it is very hard to get. till at last the second son said. whither so fast?' And the prince said. 'Father. prince. Thus it is with proud silly people. busybody!' said the prince scornfully. so that he was shut in all round. He next tried to get off his horse and make his way on foot. So he set out and followed the same road which his brother had done. who think themselves above everyone else. and he found himself unable to move a step. 'No. who stopped him at the same spot in the mountains. When the second prince had thus been gone a long time. whither so fast?' 'Mind your own affairs.

and gaze on the lovely scenes around him. 'No. with the sword you can at a blow slay whole armies. and went travelling on and on. then he pulled off their rings and put them on his own fingers. and the door fell so quickly upon him that it snapped off a piece of his heel. and took the wand and the bread. and she welcomed him joyfully. and found everything to be as the dwarf had told him. and it will open: two hungry lions will be lying down inside gaping for their prey. I will tell you how and where to go. if he would set her free from the spell that bound her. 'You have made a noble prize. strike the iron door of the castle three times with the wand. When he found himself safe. because my father is ill.' Then the prince thought . as he felt tired. and. and sleep fell upon him unawares.search of the Water of Life. and bade him make haste. till he came to his journey's end. then hasten on to the well. said. and when the lions were quieted he went on through the castle and came at length to a beautiful hall. and said. that he would rest himself for a while. and as he walked through beautiful gardens he came to a delightful shady spot in which stood a couch. who. for if you tarry longer the door will shut upon you for ever. filled a cup that was standing by him full of water. so that he did not wake up till the clock was striking a quarter to twelve. that you may be able to reach it in safety. which he also took. 'I do not. when he saw the sword and the loaf. over sea and over land.' 'Then as you have spoken to me kindly. the kingdom should be his.' said the prince. and the bread will never fail you. if he would come back in a year and marry her. ran to the well. Then he sprang from the couch dreadfully frightened. but if you throw them the bread they will let you pass. I will give you an iron wand and two little loaves of bread. Pray tell me if you know. he passed by the little dwarf. Then she told him that the well that held the Water of Life was in the palace gardens. he was overjoyed to think that he had got the Water of Life. So he laid himself down. and he thought to himself. and as he was going on his way homewards. Around it he saw several knights sitting in a trance. Just as he was going out of the iron door it struck twelve. and are wise enough to seek for advice. and aid me if you can!' 'Do you know where it is to be found?' asked the dwarf. He walked on. Further on he came to a room where a beautiful young lady sat upon a couch. and draw what he wanted before the clock struck twelve. In another room he saw on a table a sword and a loaf of bread. and like to die: can you help me? Pray be kind.' Then the prince thanked his little friend with the scarlet cloak for his friendly aid. and hastened to get away in time. The door flew open at the third stroke of the wand. The water you seek springs from a well in an enchanted castle. and take some of the Water of Life before the clock strikes twelve.

Then they went to their brother. brother. saying. Then they waited till he was fast asleep. however. than he felt his sickness leave him. therefore our father will forsake us and give him the kingdom. 'Our brother has got the water which we could not find. You had better say nothing about this to our father. and to give him the kingdom. giving him bitter sea-water instead. and scorned to ask advice. so he said. and took it for themselves. And he lent the king the wonderful sword. and thus the kingdom was once more in peace and plenty. had he tasted the bitter sea-water when he became worse even than he was before. that he might drink and be healed. and then both the elder sons came in. for they have bad hearts. cannot you tell me where my two brothers are. you shall lose your life into the bargain: but be quiet.to himself. and on their way home came to a country that was laid waste by war and a dreadful famine. was greatly rejoiced to see them. that the dwarf at last set them free. and had taken a cup full of it. and if you tell tales. the youngest son brought his cup to the sick king. 'because they were proud and ill-behaved. Then they all three rode on together. why did not you manage to keep your eyes open? Next year one of us will take away your beautiful princess. When they came to the sea. though unwillingly. which is our right'. and laughed at him. so they were full of envy and revenge.' said the dwarf. 'Well. for he does not believe a word you say. and agreed together how they could ruin him. and said that he wanted to poison their father.' The prince begged so hard for his brothers. but that they had found the Water of Life. In the same manner he befriended two other countries through which they passed on their way. and had brought it with them. they got into a ship and during their voyage the two eldest said to themselves. and how he had set a beautiful princess free from a spell that bound her. and said. and never came back?' 'I have shut them up by a charm between two mountains. and he slew the enemy's army with it.' . and then to marry him. Pray. But the prince gave the king of the land the bread.' Their brother. how he had found the Water of Life. 'Beware of them. and told them all that had happened to him. 'My dear friend. When they came to their journey's end. so that it was feared all must die for want. and all his kingdom ate of it. and poured the Water of Life out of the cup. who set out in search of the Water of Life before me. and how she had engaged to wait a whole year. if you do not take care. He no sooner began to drink of what they brought him. and was as strong and well as in his younger days. Scarcely. with all your cleverness. you found the Water of Life. however. did you? You have had the trouble and we shall have the reward. 'I cannot go home to my father without my brothers'. and blamed the youngest for what they had done. and we will let you off.

' 'With all my heart. the huntsman looked so sorrowful that the prince said. and that they must send him away at once. said to him. what is the matter with you?' 'I cannot and dare not tell you. and gave him the shabby one. when the king's chief huntsmen went a-hunting with him. and made it known thoughout all his kingdom. 'Let me live. The time soon came. and I will change dresses with you. This touched the old king's heart.The old king was still very angry with his youngest son. and they were alone in the wood together. for I could not have shot you. they must be sure was not the right one. who had seen the road he took. and went away through the wood. for I will forgive you.' said the huntsman. 'I am sure I shall be glad to save you. and say that he was the one who had set her free. and that they must let him in: but whoever rode on one side of it. 'Only tell me what it is. 'My friend. and do you give me your shabby one. and he thought to himself. so he called his court together. the guards. and do not think I shall be angry. you shall take my royal coat to show to my father. and rode straight up to the gate upon it. The prince knew nothing of what was going on.' said the huntsman. and told her courtiers that whoever came on horseback. Meanwhile the princess was eagerly waiting till her deliverer should come back.' said he. and all agreed that he ought to be put to death. and brought home his royal coat. and said. and he thought his son might still be guiltless.' The prince started at this. he could not be what he said he was. and thought that he really meant to have taken away his life. But the prince begged very hard.' Then he took the prince's coat. till one day. that if his son would come back to his court he would forgive him. with rich gifts of gold and precious stones for his youngest son. he stopped to look at it.' 'Alas!' said the huntsman. now all these were sent from the three kings to whom he had lent his sword and loaf of bread. As he came before the palace and saw the golden road. and must go about his business. and that he should have her for his wife. when the eldest brother thought that he would make haste to go to the princess. and had a road made leading up to her palace all of shining gold. but let him go in peace. and said. 'It is a pity to ride upon this beautiful road'. 'O that my son were still alive! how it grieves me that I had him killed!' 'He is still alive. and asked what should be done. Some time after. But when he came to the gate. . was her true lover. 'the king has ordered me to shoot you. so he turned aside and rode on the right-hand side of it. and the kingdom with her.' At this the king was overwhelmed with joy. three grand embassies came to the old king's court. in order to rid them of their enemy and feed their people. 'and I am glad that I had pity on him. and said to his court.

And young and old. I give you a ring as a remembrance of me.The second prince set out soon afterwards on the same errand. Then he said to his beloved: 'I must now go and leave you. the third brother left the forest in which he had lain hid for fear of his father's anger. and desired to see him once again before his end. came at once on the summons. taking her with him. and wanted to punish his wicked sons. But when he came to the gate the guards said he was not the true prince. and the merry bells run. Now when the full year was come round. and when he came to the golden road. thinking of her all the way. And the wedding was held. and of his wish to have him home again: so. he went to visit his father. And all the good people they danced and they sung. and thought it very beautiful. how his brothers had cheated and robbed him. before his wedding with the princess. and that he too must go away about his business. but went with his horse straight over it. and the princess welcomed him with joy. and as he came to the gate it flew open. and asked all his kingdom to come and celebrate the wedding of his son and the princess. and where they went to nobody knew and nobody cared. When the first joy at their meeting was over. the latter was .' So he rode away. and a new scarlet cloak. and said to himself. and rode so quickly that he did not even see what the road was made of. he stopped to look at it. And the old king was very angry. And when he was sitting beside her and very happy. and away he went. the princess told him she had heard of his father having forgiven him. and got into a ship and sailed away over the wide sea. and should now be her husband and lord of the kingdom. When I am king. 'What a pity it is that anything should tread here!' Then he too turned aside and rode on the left side of it. and set out in search of his betrothed bride. and his horse had set one foot upon it. but they made their escape. and when he reached his father. THE TWELVE HUNTSMEN There was once a king's son who had a bride whom he loved very much. Then he told him everything. news came that his father lay sick unto death. And now the old king gathered together his court. noble and squire. gentle and simple. and among the rest came the friendly dwarf. with the sugarloaf hat. I will return and fetch you. and yet that he had borne all those wrongs for the love of his father. And feasted and frolick'd I can't tell how long. and said he was her deliverer. So he journeyed on.

I wish for eleven girls exactly like myself in face. however. and now they were the king's twelve huntsmen. When therefore the son had been proclaimed king.' answered the lion. why are you so sad? You shall have whatsoever you will. and said: 'The lion wants to make the king believe that you are girls. and if he would take all of them into his service. had a lion which was a wondrous animal. and when they walk over peas none of them stir. and size.' and he caused a search to be made in his whole kingdom.' and thereupon the king shut his eyes. your will shall be done. and step firmly on the peas.' The king was well pleased with the counsel.' The father said: 'If it be possible.' and he named a certain king's daughter who was to be his wife. Then her father said to her: 'Dearest child.' She thought for a moment and said: 'Dear father. 'and then you will soon see.' Then the king's daughter thanked him. however. and the time of mourning was over. and caused the king's daughter to be asked in marriage. he said: 'Yes. His first betrothed heard of this. and near his death. Then she asked if he required any huntsmen.' . and she herself put on the twelfth suit. a servant of the king's who favoured the huntsmen. figure. she had twelve suits of huntsmen's clothes made. Thereupon she took her leave of her father. all alike. and said: 'Yes. Men have a firm step. 'they are twelve huntsmen. just let some peas be strewn in the ante-chamber.dangerously ill.' The lion continued: 'You are mistaken. he was forced to keep the promise which he had given his father. and when he heard that they were going to be put to this test he went to them and repeated everything. and size. I wished to see you once again before my end.' said the king. and rode away with them. and she was promised to him. but as they were such handsome fellows. and the peas roll about. your desire shall be fulfilled. and rode to the court of her former betrothed.' The king said: 'That cannot be true! How will you prove that to me?' 'Oh.' and that he would willingly take them. but girls trip and skip. whom she loved so dearly. It came to pass that one evening he said to the king: 'You think you have twelve huntsmen?' 'Yes. promise me to marry as I wish. The king looked at her and did not know her. There was. they are twelve girls. The king. and drag their feet. and caused the peas to be strewn. for he knew all concealed and secret things. and the eleven maidens had to put on the huntsmen's clothes. and said to her maidens: 'Show some strength. dear father. The son was in such trouble that he did not think what he was doing. He said to him: 'Dear son. When they came to the king's daughter. and fretted so much about his faithfulness that she nearly died. figure. and died. until eleven young maidens were found who exactly resembled his daughter in face.

and disclosed the project. wanted to help him. THE KING OF THE GOLDEN MOUNTAIN There was once a merchant who had only one child. however. and they came into the ante-chamber where the peas were lying.' And next morning when the king had his twelve huntsmen summoned. and someone who had just found an old key did not require a new one.' The lion replied: 'They have restrained themselves. But the servant. they walk just like men. and the lion was again taken into favour. Thereupon the wedding was celebrated. after all. for they have not looked at the spinning-wheels. they went through the ante-chamber. and entreated her to return to her own kingdom. who was well disposed to the huntsmen.' He sent a messenger to the other bride. The king thought something had happened to his dear huntsman. sure walk. and I am yours. a son. and have assumed some strength. that was very young. Then he saw the ring which he had given to his first bride. and when she opened her eyes he said: 'You are mine. When the true bride heard that. Then his heart was so touched that he kissed her. they are men. So when they were alone the king's daughter said to her eleven girls: 'Show some constraint. Just let twelve spinning-wheels be brought into the ante-chamber. because. .' The king. and do not look round at the spinning-wheels. and barely able to run alone. Then the king again said to the lion: 'You have deceived me. and his liking for them continually increased. and no one in the world can alter that. ran up to him. and had such a strong. in which he had embarked all his wealth. went to them. and never once looked at the spinning-wheels.So next morning when the king had the twelve huntsmen called before him. Then they went away again. and drew his glove off. and when he looked in her face he recognized her. He had two richly laden ships then making a voyage upon the seas. The twelve huntsmen always followed the king to the chase. and the king said to the lion: 'You have lied to me. and that is what no man would do. that not one of the peas either rolled or stirred. Now it came to pass that once when they were out hunting.' The king liked the advice. and she fell fainting to the ground.' The lion said: 'They have been informed that they were going to be put to the test. and they will go to them and be pleased with them. it hurt her so much that her heart was almost broken. for he had a wife already. news came that the king's bride was approaching. would no longer believe the lion. he had told the truth. they stepped so firmly on them. and had the spinning-wheels placed in the ante-chamber.

and that. One day. and ease his mind of a little of his trouble. Meantime little Heinel grew up. whatever meets you first on your going home.' said the merchant. he made himself easy by thinking that it was only a joke that the dwarf was playing him.' Then the merchant told him how all his wealth was gone to the bottom of the sea. 'Oh. but as no gold was come. I shall be . why so sorrowful?' said he to the merchant. At the sight of this he was overjoyed. rough-looking. that he might sell it and raise a little money. went into trade again. and that the twelve years were coming round when he must keep his word. sold him for gold to a little.in the hope of making great gains. and perhaps you will find I may be of some use. 'only undertake to bring me here. and would not take it in. but his father would not tell for some time. Then Heinel said. without knowing it. 'Prithee. 'Father. and became very sad and thoughtful. when the money came.' The merchant thought this was no great thing to ask. at any rate. so that care and sorrow were written upon his face. his little boy was so glad to see him that he crept behind him. or something of that sort. 'Who knows but I may?' said the little man: 'tell me what ails you. but forgot his little boy Heinel. that it would most likely be his dog or his cat. however. all on a sudden there stood before him a little. 'what is it you take so deeply to heart?' 'If you would do me any good I would willingly tell you. black dwarf. give yourself very little trouble about that. The boy one day asked what was the matter. trouble not yourself about that. thinking with no great comfort on what he had been and what he now was.' said the dwarf. and forgetting all about his son. he should see the bearer. so he agreed to the bargain. black dwarf. trembling with fear and horror. and became a richer merchant than before. and I will give you as much as you please. But as he drew near home. friend. instead of his iron. and laid fast hold of his legs. as he was roaming along in a brown study. and was like to be. he said that he had. he saw a large pile of gold lying on the floor. and signed and sealed the bond to do what was asked of him. Thus from being a rich man he became all at once so very poor that nothing was left to him but one small plot of land. when the news came that both were lost. Then the father started. and there he often went in an evening to take his walk. at last. and how he had nothing left but that little plot of land. and saw what it was that he had bound himself to do. twelve years hence. About a month afterwards he went upstairs into a lumber-room to look for some old iron. ugly-looking. and there. and looked up in his face and laughed. and as the end of the twelve years drew near the merchant began to call to mind his bond.

The old man held his tongue. but could not find any way to get into it. and walked round and round about the circle. 'What do you want here?' The dwarf said. and that so far the dwarf should have his way: but. for this fairy knew what good luck was in store for him. and spent it.' said the little old man. however. Then at last. who seemed so anxious for his company. .' said the son.' 'You have cheated and taken in my father. 'Have you brought me what you said you would?' said the dwarf to the merchant. and soon raised the boat up again. or what do you want?' Now Heinel had found a friend in a good fairy. as if he should have been very glad to get into the circle if he could. the fairy had told Heinel what fortune was in store for him. to make a sort of drawn battle of the matter. and set himself and his father in the middle of it. and your father has had it. and he did not choose to be given up to his hump-backed friend.' The old man grinned. so the merchant thought that poor Heinel was lost. As he jumped upon the shore he saw before him a beautiful castle but empty and dreary within. Heinel agreed that his father must give him up. but Heinel said again. and let us talk it over. and that he should thus be set adrift. and it fell with one side low in the water. if he followed his own course. while the dwarf went his way. till at length it ran ashore upon an unknown land. that lay on the sea-shore hard by. I have paid my money. and went home very sorrowful. and it went safely on. till at last he found a white snake. on the other hand. 'so please to step in here. jump over it. so be so good as to let me have what I paid it for.' said Heinel.too much for the little man.' 'You must have my consent to that first. did not sink. for the good fairy took care of her friend. thinking that at any rate he had had his revenge. and showed his teeth. after a long talk. The boat. but before it got far off a wave struck it. and had told him what to do. it was settled that Heinel should be put into an open boat.' So he once more searched the whole palace through. for it was enchanted. and he either could not. and set himself in the boat. Then he took leave of his father. 'right is right. that was fond of him. not with you. they came to terms. The young man sat safe within. The little black dwarf soon came. 'Have you anything to say to us. and left to the bad or good luck of wind and weather.' said he to himself. 'must I find the prize the good fairy told me of. 'I come to talk with your father. that the father should push him off with his own hand. or dared not.' 'Fair and softly. lying coiled up on a cushion in one of the chambers. At last the boy said to him. So. 'Here. 'pray give him up his bond at once.' When the time came. my friend. the father and son went out together to the place agreed upon: and the son drew a circle on the ground.

however. The king. and the third night the princess came. He next told them how he was king of the Golden Mountain. 'Take this ring. So he went up to a neighbouring hill. 'Are you at last come to set me free? Twelve long years have I waited here for the fairy to bring you hither as she promised. The second night twelve others will come: and the third night twenty-four. When he came to his father's house. and had a son seven years old. and said he had had but one son. 'our Heinel had a mark like a raspberry on his right arm. where a shepherd dwelt. but the merchant would not believe him.' said his mother. 'that can never be true. or torment you--bear all. who will even cut off your head. and they knew that what he had said was true. and forgetting . and spoke not a word.' Then he showed them the mark. and put it on your finger. when the king thought of his father. and will wash you with it. and wished himself near the town where his father lived. pinch.' However. and he began to long to see him once again. and was married to a princess. But the merchant said. But the queen was against his going. his poor Heinel. and I shall be free. Heinel bore all.Now the white snake was an enchanted princess. he must be a fine king truly who travels about in a shepherd's frock!' At this the son was vexed. only speak not a word. but the guards would not let him go in. the wedding was celebrated. And thus eight years had passed over their heads. and said.' Then he said he would do what she asked. prick. and will come and bring you the Water of Life. and said. because he was so strangely clad. and they will be dressed in chain armour. Heinel found himself at the gates in a moment. only promise never to make use of it to bring me hence to your father's house. whip. for you alone can save me. and let them do what they will--beat.' And all came to pass as she had said. and she was very glad to see him. he said he was his son. and bring you back to life and health. and thus passed unknown into the town. he gave her no rest till she agreed. This night twelve men will come: their faces will be black. he would not even give him anything to eat. Joy and gladness burst forth throughout the castle. and borrowed his old frock. but give no answer. At his going away she gave him a wishing-ring. and the queen had a son. but at the twelfth hour of that night their power is gone. They lived together very happily. They will ask what you do here. who he knew was long since dead: and as he was only dressed like a poor shepherd. still vowed that he was his son. and at twelve o'clock they must go away. and said. 'I know well that misfortunes will come upon us if you go. 'Is there no mark by which you would know me if I am really your son?' 'Yes. and said. and he was crowned king of the Golden Mountain. and put the ring on his finger. whatever you wish it will bring you. and fell on his neck and kissed him.

sit by me. and she went into her chamber alone. Then he sat himself down. He next asked for the boots also. 'Little men have sharp wits. he took it away and ate it himself. she drew the ring from his finger. but the queen wept. charging him to try it on a tree. and wished herself and her son at home in their kingdom.' said he: 'now give me the sword. and there he was at once. and thus. And when he awoke he found himself alone. but she was not so in truth. Upon this. He did all he could to soothe her. and sleep a while. and the moment he had all three in his power. 'I can never go back to my father's house. 'was I not once set free? Why then does this enchantment . 'they would say I am a sorcerer: I will journey forth into the world. 'Alas!' said she to herself. and he followed her there. Then he threw his cloak around him. But when anything to eat was put upon her plate.' So saying he set out and travelled till he came to a hill. and saw that the ring was gone from his finger. a cloak that made the owner invisible. her plate and cup were always empty. and passed through the castle hall. he took it and drank it. and said. till I come again to my kingdom. and the people around told him that his queen was about to marry another husband.' Now there was a sword that cut off an enemy's head whenever the wearer gave the words. turned his ring.' As soon as he had fallen asleep.' said he. then he might know how to set a value upon them. Heinel said they must first let him try these wonderful things. where three giants were sharing their father's goods. where no one saw him. 'The cloak is very well. fear and remorse came over her. and he wished himself a fly. and was only thinking how she should punish him. and as they saw him pass they cried out and said. he wished himself at the Golden Mountain. and in a moment he was a fly. 'I am very much tired. and she at last seemed to be appeased. and when a glass of wine was handed to her. however.' said they.' 'No. I will rest my head in your lap. 'Heads off!'.' So they gave it him. and bad luck would follow. As Heinel came near his castle he heard the sound of merry music. or gave him any form he pleased. Then they gave him the cloak. he shall part the goods between us. and showed her the spot where the boat was set adrift upon the wide waters. though they kept on giving her meat and drink. and a pair of boots that carried the wearer wherever he wished. and sat there weeping. and placed himself by the side of the queen. "Heads off!" for if you do we are all dead men. 'not unless you undertake not to say. and crept softly away. So the giants were left behind with no goods to share or quarrel about. and said he had broken his word. In an instant they stood before him.his word. and wished for his queen and son. One day he took her to walk with him out of the town.

peers. turn your cart and your two oxen into money. and get yourself some clothes. 'Yes. and asked Crabb if he were Doctor Knowall. who drove with two oxen a load of wood to the town. yes." and have that nailed up above your house-door. DOCTOR KNOWALL There was once upon a time a poor peasant called Crabb. Then they turned upon him and tried to seize him. When they came to the nobleman's castle. and they all drove away together. my wife. The servant. yes. So he remained standing a while.' meaning that was the servant who brought the first dish. drove out to the village. and sold it to a doctor for two talers. And when the first servant came with a dish of delicate fare. and whatsoever else pertains to medicine. 'One indeed came who set thee free.' 'What must I do?' asked the peasant. 'Oh. and said the wedding was at an end. When he had doctored people awhile. However. Then he was to go with him and bring back the stolen money. and with the word the traitors' heads fell before him. Then he was told about Doctor Knowall who lived in such and such a village. for that he was come back to the kingdom. his heart desired what he saw.' The lord was willing. 'In the first place buy yourself an A B C book of the kind which has a cock on the frontispiece. have a sign painted for yourself with the words: "I am Doctor Knowall. 'Heads Off!' cried he. however. the peasant nudged his wife. it so happened that the doctor was sitting at table. but my wife. a rich and great lord had some money stolen. and he is now near thee again.' said he. and said: 'Grete.still seem to bind me?' 'False and fickle one!' said he. and he seated himself with her at the table. but not long. he said. but only asked them if they would go in peace or not. and would willingly have been a doctor too. thirdly. but how have you used him? Ought he to have had such treatment from thee?' Then he went out and sent away the company. and must know what had become of the money. and Crabb was told to sit down and eat.' said the doctor. So the lord had the horses harnessed to his carriage. and great men mocked at him. and let both of them have a seat in the carriage. but Grete. he was. Yes. 'that is soon managed. that was the first. thought he intended by that to say: 'That is . When the money was being counted out to him. 'Oh. in the second. but he drew his sword.' The peasant did everything that he had been told to do. too. the table was spread. and Heinel was once more king of the Golden Mountain. But the princes. Grete. and when the peasant saw how well he ate and drank. and at length inquired if he too could not be a doctor. he would enter into no parley with them. must go too.

and looked for the cock. But the doctor sat still and opened his A B C book. for if he did they would be hanged. there were crabs. and cried: 'Ah. and guess what was beneath the cover. So when he went in with his dish. Each wanted to be first at drawing the water. he was terrified. The doctor looked at the dish. sat down to the table. for the peasant again said: 'Grete. and said that they would willingly restore it and give him a heavy sum into the bargain. she was so weak and small that they thought she could not live. and so they were in such a hurry that all let their pitchers fall into the well. he cried: 'There! he knows it.' The fourth had to carry in a dish that was covered. and said: 'Grete. crying: 'That man knows everything!' Then Doctor Knowall showed the lord where the money was. and the lord told the doctor that he was to show his skill. and he got out as fast as he could. sprang out.' The fifth servant. and made a sign to the doctor that they wished him to step outside for a moment.' When the lord heard that. and full of terror. and last of all one daughter. crept into the stove to hear if the doctor knew still more. and became a renowned man. poor Crabb. but they said she should at once be christened.the first thief. and received from both sides much money in reward. the peasant nudged his wife. all four of them confessed to him that they had stolen the money. Actually. he said I was the first. and said: 'My lord. but the other six ran with him. however. and said to his comrade outside: 'The doctor knows all: we shall fare ill. he must also know who has the money!' On this the servants looked terribly uneasy. for none dared go home. THE SEVEN RAVENS There was once a man who had seven sons. and returned to the hall. So the father sent one of his sons in haste to the spring to get some water. With this the doctor was satisfied. that is the third. but did not say who had stolen it. but was forced. so you had better come out!' Then the fellow in the stove thought that the doctor meant him. and they stood very foolishly looking at one another. In the .' and as he actually was so. turned the pages backwards and forwards. that is the second. and did not know what to do. As he could not find it immediately he said: 'I know you are there. The third fared no better. They led him to the spot where the money was concealed. had no idea what to say.' This servant was equally alarmed. if he would not denounce them. Although the little girl was very pretty.' The second did not want to go in at all. now will I search in my book where the gold is hidden. When therefore he went out.

'If you have not this little piece of wood. and free them. and had no key of the castle of the glass-mountain. and each star sat upon his own little stool. Scarcely had he spoken these words when he heard a croaking over his head. and could not tell what made the young men stay so long.' Then she was much grieved. and comforted himself as well as he could for the loss of his seven sons with his dear little daughter.' said they. so she ran away quickly to the moon. and thought herself bound to do all she could to bring her brothers back. For a long time she did not know that she had ever had any brothers. and she had neither rest nor ease. but the morning star rose up and gave her a little piece of wood. but the sun looked much too hot and fiery. and asked if she had any brothers. then she came to the sun.' The little girl took the piece of wood.meantime the father was uneasy. rolled it up in a little cloth. whatever it might cost her. he did not know how what was done could be undone. What was to be done? She wanted to save her brothers. and went to her father and mother. and journeyed till she came to the world's end. and found the door shut. and when he had waited still longer and they yet did not come. and a little stool to rest upon when she should be weary. till at length one day she stole away. and said. but still 'tis a pity that her brothers should have been lost for her sake. and set out into the wide world to find her brothers. who soon became stronger and every day more beautiful. a little pitcher of water in case she should be thirsty. and went on again until she came to the glass-mountain. a loaf of bread in case she should be hungry. so this faithful little sister took a knife out of her pocket and cut off her little finger. and looked up and saw seven ravens as black as coal flying round and round. you cannot unlock the castle that stands on the glass-mountain. and what had become of them. but the little girl mourned sadly about it every day. Sorry as he was to see his wish so fulfilled. Then she felt for the little piece of wood. but said it was the will of Heaven.' said he. and there your brothers live. and said. he flew into a rage and wished them all turned into ravens. and she saw she had lost the gift of the good stars. So they dared no longer hide the truth from her. but when she unwrapped the cloth it was not there. but the moon was cold and chilly. 'I smell flesh and blood this way!' so she took herself away in a hurry and came to the stars. 'the whole seven must have forgotten themselves over some game of play'. She took nothing with her but a little ring which her father and mother had given her. 'Surely. for her father and mother took care not to speak of them before her: but one day by chance she heard the people about her speak of them. that was just the size of the . and that her birth was only the innocent cause of it. 'Yes. wherever they might be. 'she is beautiful indeed. Thus she went on and on. and the stars were friendly and kind to her.

shut herself in. and out of each little plate their sister ate a small piece. and said. the seven ravens. and knew that it was his father's and mother's. sat by the fire. The maid heard someone standing at the house-door. but if you will wait till they come. and went merrily home. and their drink in seven little glasses.' When they came in. Then said one after the other. pray step in. they wanted to eat and drink. Miss Cat. suitors presented themselves. and found there the ring. but she let the ring that she had brought with her fall into the last glass. When it became known that the old fox was dead. On a sudden she heard a fluttering and croaking in the air. she ran forward.piece of wood she had lost. a little dwarf came up to her. 'O that our little sister would but come! then we should be free. 'Here come my masters. and in an instant all the ravens took their right form again. and looked for their little plates and glasses. 'Who has eaten from my little plate? And who has been drinking out of my little glass?' 'Caw! Caw! well I ween Mortal lips have this way been. and all hugged and kissed each other. and set them upon the table. and her maid. and behaved as if he were stone dead. and put it in the door and opened it. 'What are you seeking for?' 'I seek for my brothers. knocking. and the dwarf said. he looked at it. did not move a limb. 'My masters are not at home.' answered she. As she went in. THE WEDDING OF MRS FOX FIRST STORY There was once upon a time an old fox with nine tails.' When the seventh came to the bottom of his glass. Mrs Fox went up to her room. who believed that his wife was not faithful to him. She went . and out of each little glass she drank a small drop. and did the cooking. and he brought their food upon seven little plates.' When the little girl heard this (for she stood behind the door all the time and listened). Then the dwarf said. and said.' Now the little dwarf was getting their dinner ready. He stretched himself out under the bench. and wished to put her to the test.

and drove them and Mrs Fox out of the house. Would you know what I am making? I am boiling warm beer with butter. each with one tail more than the other.' she cried.' The cat goes up the stairs trip. . and another fox was at the door who wished to woo Mrs Fox.' answered the cat. Moaning in her gloom. Soon afterwards there was another knock. I am waking. she said joyfully to the cat: 'Now open the gates and doors all wide. who would like to woo her. my little cat. trap. are you inside?' 'Oh. no. 'he has only one.' 'Do just tell her. Will you be my guest for supper?' 'No.and opened it. young sir. my dear?' 'Has he nine as beautiful tails as the late Mr Fox?' 'Oh. who said: 'What may you be about. Miss Cat? Do you sleep or do you wake?' She answered: 'I am not sleeping. And carry old Mr Fox outside.' said the fox. The door she knocks at tap. After this still more came. that a young fox is here. tap.' Miss Cat went downstairs and sent the wooer away. miss.' 'Certainly. but they were all turned away.' 'Then I will not have him. yes. 'Mistress Fox. Because old Mr Fox is dead. but he did not fare better than the first. tap.' 'What does he look like. like old Mr Fox. Weeping her little eyes quite red. He had two tails. and cudgelled all the rabble.' But just as the wedding was going to be solemnized. miss. thank you. and it was a young fox. old Mr Fox stirred under the bench. 'what is Mrs Fox doing?' The maid replied: 'She is sitting in her room. until at last one came who had nine tails. 'A wooer he stands at the door out there. When the widow heard that.

the wolf came as a suitor. a bear. How comes it that alone you sit? What are you making good?' The cat replied: 'In milk I'm breaking bread so sweet. came a dog. And lets her tail fly here and there. and eat?' 'No. a stag. Then will it please you to step below? Mrs Fox asked: 'Has the gentleman red stockings on. For old Mr Fox is no more. Will you be my guest.' The wolf answered: 'If she's in want of a husband now. At length came a young fox. thank you. one after the other.' When the wolf was gone. Bewailing her sorrowful doom. Mrs Cat of Kehrewit. Bewailing her trouble so sore.' answered the wolf. and has he a pointed mouth?' 'No. and all the beasts of the forest.SECOND STORY When old Mr Fox was dead. and knocked at the door. Then Mrs Fox said: 'Has the gentleman red stockings on. Then will it please her to step below?' The cat runs quickly up the stair. and said: 'Good day. opened it for him. good Mistress Fox? If you're in want of a husband now. With her five gold rings at the door she knocks: 'Are you within. and the cat had continually to send the suitors away. and the cat who was servant to Mrs Fox. Mrs Cat. Until she comes to the parlour door. But one of the good qualities which old Mr Fox had possessed. a hare.' answered the cat. was always lacking. and has a . The wolf greeted her. 'Then he won't do for me. a lion. 'Is Mrs Fox not at home?' The cat said: 'She sits upstairs in her room.

this happens just as the old woman said'. there came up a little old woman. 'If all this does happen. screaming.' said Mrs Fox. 'Sweep me the room as clean as you can. but I am hungry and thirsty.' said the huntsman. Then the huntsman did as the old woman told him. Up with the window. 'Listen.' Then the wedding was solemnized with young Mr Fox. but one fell down dead. cut open the bird. and you will find a piece of gold under your pillow every morning when you rise. Then he wanted to go his way. 'he has. Off went the flock chattering away. and looked up and saw a flock of birds pulling a cloak with their bills and feet. THE SALAD As a merry young huntsman was once going briskly along through a wood. . and thought to himself. and the cloak with it. took out the heart.little pointed mouth?' 'Yes. and there was much rejoicing and dancing.' The huntsman thanked her. but she took hold of him. Yet of his wife he never thought.' said the cat. 'Well.' The huntsman took pity on her. good day. I will reward you for your kindness. do pray give me something to eat. it will be a fine thing for me. go your way. 'this is wonderful. you seem merry enough. Cut open the dead bird. and said. fling out my old man! For many a fine fat mouse he brought. then he shot into the midst of them so that their feathers flew all about. to what I am going to tell you. and said to him. But ate up every one he caught.' When he had gone a hundred steps or so. It is the bird's heart that will bring you this good luck. take out its heart and keep it. take it. they are dancing still. 'Good day. and after a little time you will come to a tree where you will see nine birds sitting on a cloak. and put his hand in his pocket and gave her what he had. it is a wishing-cloak.' 'Then let him come upstairs. and ordered the servant to prepare the wedding feast. and if they have not left off. he heard a screaming and chirping in the branches over him. Shoot into the midst of them. and carried the cloak home with him. and one will fall down dead: the cloak will fall too. and when you wear it you will find yourself at any place where you may wish to be. my friend. fighting. and tugging at each other as if each wished to have it himself.

at the end of which was a large castle in a green meadow. for who can reach it? only the birds and the flies--man cannot. and doing everything that she wished. and he never found any more gold under his pillow.' 'If that's all your grief. so he drew her under his cloak. 'Of what use is this gold to me whilst I am at home? I will go out into the world and look about me. and the old woman took it away every morning. 'I'll take there with all my heart'. 'I have been travelling so long that I should like to go into this castle and rest myself. and I must and will have it. we must get it away from him.' said she. I am so tired that I cannot stand any longer. but he was so much in love that he never missed his prize. and I want so much to go there. He heaped up a great deal of gold. and it was not long before he was so much in love that he thought of nothing else but looking at the lady's eyes.The next morning when he awoke he lifted up his pillow. and the moment he wished to be on the granite mountain they were both there. that whenever I think of it I cannot help being sorrowful.' So she did as the old woman told her.' So they sat down. for it lay now under the young lady's. and said to himself.' So the lady stole it away. 'Now is the time for getting the bird's heart. 'There is a young man coming out of the wood who carries a wonderful prize. and indeed every day when he arose. Then the old woman said.' said the old witch. and said to the young lady.' Then the witch was very angry.' Meantime the huntsman came nearer and looked at the lady. and looked about the country and seemed very sorrowful. 'Such a cloak is a very rare and wonderful thing. and there lay the piece of gold glittering underneath. and he said to the young lady. and went his way. and set herself at the window. and was welcomed kindly. and at last thought to himself. and hung his bag and bow about his neck. He has a bird's heart that brings a piece of gold under his pillow every morning. But the old witch made a deep sleep come upon him. Then he went into the house. The diamonds glittered so on all sides that they were delighted with the sight and picked up the finest. 'he has already lost his wealth. for I have money enough to pay for anything I want'. my dear child. Now the old woman was a witch.' said the young lady. and he laid his head in her lap and . 'we have got the bird's heart. then the huntsman said.' said the huntsman.' Then he took leave of his friends. 'yonder lies the granite rock where all the costly diamonds grow. the same happened next day. 'Let us sit down and rest ourselves a little. and at one of the windows stood an old woman with a very beautiful young lady by her side looking about them. and said. that he wanted to see more of the beautiful lady. 'What makes you so sad?' 'Alas! dear sir. It so happened that his road one day led through a thick wood. for it is more fit for us than for him. 'Well. but the real reason was. but not the wishing-cloak yet.' 'Let us leave him that. and that we must also get.

' said the third. he'll go climbing higher up the mountain. and saw with horror that he was turned into an ass. and caught him in a whirlwind and bore him along for some time. he said. I have been lucky enough to find it. and some cloud will come rolling and carry him away. and the salad tasted very nice. and I don't know that I can carry . till it settled in a garden.' So he went away to try and find the castle of his friends. nor any kind of fruits. 'It's not worth the trouble. and after wandering about a few days he luckily found it. and whilst he was sleeping on she took the cloak from his shoulders. and have brought it with me. and went into the castle and asked for a lodging. he still felt very hungry. 'What worm is this that lies here curled up?' 'Tread upon him and kill him. picked up the diamonds. 'let him live. and as he saw three of them striding about. and wished herself home again. Then he looked around him. for here I see neither apples nor pears.' said he.' said the witch. and scarcely had he tasted it when he felt another change come over him. nothing but vegetables. 'a messenger sent by the king to find the finest salad that grows under the sun. However. and soon saw that he was lucky enough to have found his old shape again. 'who are you? and what is your business?' 'I am. 'This will help me to my fortune again. and when he had sat there a short time a cloud came rolling around him.' said he. Then he stained his face all over brown. so he ate on till he came to another kind of salad. he thought to himself. it will refresh and strengthen me. if not I shall be worse off than before. But the huntsman had heard all they said.' And they passed on. Now this rock belonged to fierce giants who lived upon it.' 'Countryman. so he laid himself down as if he were in a sound sleep. but the heat of the sun scorches so that it begins to wither.fell asleep. Then he laid himself down and slept off a little of his weariness.' So he picked out a fine head and ate of it. 'that I can go no farther. so that even his mother would not have known him. and said. When he awoke and found that his lady had tricked him. he climbed to the top of the mountain. 'I am so tired. and he fell quite gently to the ground amongst the greens and cabbages.' At last he thought to himself. 'I can eat salad. When the giants came up to him. 'I can only save myself by feigning to be asleep'. 'I wish I had something to eat. and left him alone on the wild rock. and thought to himself. and said. and when he awoke the next morning he broke off a head both of the good and the bad salad. but scarcely had he swallowed two bites when he felt himself quite changed. not knowing what to do. the first pushed him with his foot. and enable me to pay off some folks for their treachery. 'Alas! what roguery there is in the world!' and there he sat in great grief and fear.' said the second. and as soon as they were gone. hung it on her own.

and told the miller to drive them back to him.' 'To be sure. After this he went back to the castle. and said. 'I have two heads of it with me. 'All right!' said he. laid them on the dish and brought them to the young lady. And the beautiful young lady .' said the miller. 'I will go into the kitchen and see.' said the other. and will give you one'. Then the witch herself took it into the kitchen to be dressed. where he found everything he wanted.' said he. but took a few leaves immediately and put them in her mouth. and when they came.' Then he took up the rest of the leaves. she said. and treat them as I tell you. and when it was ready she could not wait till it was carried up. Then the huntsman washed his face and went into the court that they might know him. but on the way she too felt a wish to taste it as the old woman had done. was going to carry it up. and said. 'Dear countryman. 'I have three tiresome beasts here. and scarcely were they swallowed when she lost her own form and ran braying down into the court in the form of an ass. 'What's the matter?' said the miller. give them food and room.' And as he went he saw two asses in the court running about. and give the youngest (who was the beautiful lady) hay three times a day and no stripes': for he could not find it in his heart to have her beaten. letting the dish with the salad fall on the ground. so she also was turned into an ass and ran after the other. 'The other two. and the salad lying on the ground. 'Give the old one stripes three times a day and hay once.it farther. and like the others ran off into the court braying away. 'those two have had their share.' said he. he gave them some of the good salad to eat. 'but how shall I treat them?' Then the huntsman said. and as nobody came with the salad and she longed to taste it. The messenger sat all this time with the beautiful young lady. the miller came to him and told him that the old ass was dead.' When the witch and the young lady heard of his beautiful salad.' Then he thought something must have happened. saying. but are so sorrowful that they cannot last long. 'are alive and eat. give the next (who was the servant-maid) stripes once a day and hay three times.' 'With all my heart. and tied them all three to a rope and took them along with him till he came to a mill and knocked at the window. 'Now you shall be paid for your roguery. 'I don't know where the salad can be. and seeing the salad ready.' So she ate of it.' answered he. so he opened his bag and gave them the bad. 'if you will take them. they longed to taste it. Some days after.' Then the huntsman pitied them. let us just taste it. 'I bring you the dish myself that you may not wait any longer. Now the servant-maid came into the kitchen. I will pay you whatever you ask. and ate some leaves.

I should like to learn how to shudder. must be an art of which I understand nothing!' Now it came to pass that his father said to him one day: 'Hearken to me. 'O dearest huntsman! forgive me all the ill I have done you.' . Your wishing-cloak hangs up in the closet. I will give it you too. but if his father bade him fetch anything when it was late. and the father bewailed his trouble. too. father. and as for the bird's heart. for I always loved you very much. and answered him: 'You shall soon learn what it is to shudder.' The father sighed. it makes me shudder!' for he was afraid.fell upon her knees before him.' So they were married. and when people saw him they said: 'There's a fellow who will give his father some trouble!' When anything had to be done. 'Just think. but you will not earn your bread by that. and lived together very happily till they died. no father. the listeners sometimes said: 'Oh. if it could but be managed.' he replied. and said. 'That. you are growing tall and strong. and could not imagine what they could mean. or any other dismal place. it makes me shudder!" It does not make me shudder. and the way led through the churchyard. you fellow in the corner there. my mother forced me to it. and told him how his younger son was so backward in every respect that he knew nothing and learnt nothing. but you do not even earn your salt. it makes us shudder!' The younger sat in a corner and listened with the rest of them. and could do everything. I don't understand that at all yet. 'They are always saying: "It makes me shudder. but the younger was stupid and could neither learn nor understand anything. for I mean to make you my wife. and thought to himself: 'Goodness. 'Keep it. and you too must learn something by which you can earn your bread. it will be just the same thing. Look how your brother works. the elder of who was smart and sensible. it was always the elder who was forced to do it. he answered: 'Oh.' thought he. or in the night-time. THE STORY OF THE YOUTH WHO WENT FORTH TO LEARN WHAT FEAR WAS A certain father had two sons. Or when stories were told by the fire at night which made the flesh creep. 'I am quite willing to learn something--indeed. what a blockhead that brother of mine is! He will never be good for anything as long as he lives! He who wants to be a sickle must bend himself betimes. it was against my will.' The elder brother smiled when he heard that.' But he said. I'll not go there.' Soon after this the sexton came to the house on a visit.' 'Well.

Take the good-for-nothing fellow out of our house. however. Thereupon he rang the bell. so that it fell down the ten steps and remained lying there in a corner. 'do listen to me. The sexton's wife waited a long time for her husband.' The sexton. but the figure made no reply.' cried the boy. and as he would neither gave an answer nor go away. and had broken his leg. and when the boy was at the top of the tower and turned round. and asked: 'Do you know where my husband is? He climbed up the tower before you did. She carried him down. I will see you no more.said he.' The father was glad to do it. went home.' The father was terrified.' The woman ran away and found her husband. and ran thither and scolded the boy.' 'If that be all. I did not know who it was.' said the father.' 'Ah. and secretly went there before him. 'Who is there?' cried he. he actually wanted to learn to shudder. for he thought: 'It will train the boy a little. and I will soon polish him. he ran against him and pushed the ghost down the stairs. and did not move or stir. I should be sorry if it were.' uttered no sound and stood as if he were made of stone. and threw him downstairs.' he replied. and wakened the boy. 'I have nothing but unhappiness with you. who was lying moaning in the corner. you have no business here at night. 'Your boy. Then the boy called to him for the third time. but he did not come back.' thought he. remained standing motionless that the boy might think he was a ghost. and as that was also to no purpose.' The sexton therefore took him into his house. and was just going to take hold of the bell rope. 'he can learn that with me. and then with loud screams she hastened to the boy's father.' replied the boy. and without saying a word went to bed. 'has been the cause of a great misfortune! He has thrown my husband down the steps so that he broke his leg.' 'No. 'or take yourself off. I don't know. At length she became uneasy. Send him to me. and fell asleep. 'Give an answer. I am quite innocent. I took him for a scoundrel. 'but someone was standing by the sounding hole on the other side of the steps.' replied the sexton. He was standing there by night like one intent on doing evil. After a day or two. Just go there and you will see if it was he.' cried she. the sexton awoke him at midnight. The boy cried a second time: 'What do you want here?--speak if you are an honest fellow. 'The devil must have put them into your head. 'when I asked him how he was going to earn his bread. he saw a white figure standing on the stairs opposite the sounding hole. and bade him arise and go up into the church tower and ring the bell. and I entreated him three times either to speak or to go away. 'What wicked tricks are these?' said he. or I will throw you down the steps!' The sexton thought: 'He can't mean to be as bad as his words.' . Go out of my sight. and he had to ring the church bell. 'You shall soon learn what shuddering is.' 'Father.

but were quite silent. and waited till evening came. and let their rags go on burning. he could not get warm. how those up above must freeze and suffer!' And as he felt pity for them. And as the wind knocked the hanged men against each other. And as he was cold. he thought to himself: 'If you shiver below by the fire. I can easily keep it in mind.' answered the youth. and climbed up. Just come back to me early in the morning.' and he hung them up again each in his turn.' Then the youth went to the gallows. wait only until it is day. or I will hang you up again. and went forth on the great highway. Then he sat down by his fire and fell asleep.'Yes. Sit down beneath it. and said: 'Well do you know how to shudder?' 'No. and you will soon learn how to shudder. 'how should I know? Those fellows up there did not open their mouths. but at midnight the wind blew so sharply that in spite of his fire. and are now learning how to fly.' 'Learn what you will. and they moved backwards and forwards. but if I learn how to shudder as fast as that. Then he stoked the fire. he lighted himself a fire. So he said: 'Take care. and once more began to mutter to himself: 'Ah. I will not be burnt with you. there is the tree where seven men have married the ropemaker's daughter. if I could but shudder! Ah. it shall be as you will. 'it is all the same to me. and brought down all seven. and set them all round it to warm themselves. and tell no one from whence you come.' When the day dawned.' 'Yes.' spoke the father.' Then the man saw that he would not get the fifty talers that day. and the fire caught their clothes. and wait till night comes. Here are fifty talers for you. and said: 'If you will not take care. the boy put his fifty talers into his pocket. did not hear.' answered he. father. and went away saying: 'Such a youth has never come my way before. I cannot help you. and who is your father. the man said to him: 'Look. and then I shall. father. you shall have my fifty talers. Then will I go forth and learn how to shudder. and continually said to himself: 'If I could but shudder! If I could but shudder!' Then a man approached who heard this conversation which the youth was holding with himself. Take these and go into the wide world. right willingly. and when they had walked a little farther to where they could see the gallows. therefore. At this he grew angry. understand one art which will support me. however. at any rate.' The youth likewise went his way. blew it. if I could but shudder!' A waggoner who was striding behind him heard this and asked: 'Who are . unbound one of them after the other. If you desire nothing more than that.' 'If that is all that is wanted. 'it is easily done. and the next morning the man came to him and wanted to have the fifty talers. and were so stupid that they let the few old rags which they had on their bodies get burnt. But they sat there and did not stir. he raised the ladder. sat down beneath it. for I have reason to be ashamed of you.' The dead men.

'I do so wish I could shudder. and would make a poor man rich enough.you?' 'I don't know. when they had warmed themselves. he said: 'You may ask for three things to take into the castle with you. and seated himself by the turning-lathe. and she was the most beautiful maiden the sun shone on.' 'Who is your father?' 'That I may not tell you.' The king looked at him. but no one can teach me how. go with me. For this purpose indeed have I journeyed forth. Then the waggoner asked: 'From whence do you come?' 'I know not. something cried suddenly from one corner: 'Au. and said: 'If it be allowed. Then the youth went next morning to the king. which were guarded by evil spirits. miau! how cold we are!' 'You fools!' cried he. and a cutting-board with the knife.' Then he answered: 'Then I ask for a fire. Likewise in the castle lay great treasures. Already many men had gone into the castle. if he would but watch in it for three nights.' 'Ah. The king had promised that he who would venture should have his daughter to wife. that not far from thence stood a haunted castle where anyone could very easily learn what shuddering was. a turning lathe. I will see about a place for you. come and take a seat by the fire and warm yourselves. I will learn it. 'what are you crying about? If you are cold. they said: 'Comrade.' 'Enough of your foolish chatter. and as the youth pleased him. laughed and said: 'If that is your desire. the youth went up and made himself a bright fire in one of the rooms. I will willingly watch three nights in the haunted castle.' The king had these things carried into the castle for him during the day.' Towards midnight he was about to poke his fire. and these treasures would then be freed. if I could but shudder!' said he.' said the waggoner.' 'What is it that you are always muttering between your teeth?' 'Ah. until the latter told him.' But the youth said: 'However difficult it may be. but as yet none had come out again.' The youth went with the waggoner.' He let the host have no rest. there ought to be a good opportunity for you here. but they must be things without life.' And when he had said that. two great black cats came with one tremendous leap and sat down on each side of him. 'but . shall we have a game of cards?' 'Why not?' he replied. 'but I shall not learn it here either. and in the evening they arrived at an inn where they wished to pass the night. be silent. 'so many prying persons have already lost their lives. Then at the entrance of the parlour the youth again said quite loudly: 'If I could but shudder! If I could but shudder!' The host who heard this. 'Come.' answered the youth. 'Ah. and looked savagely at him with their fiery eyes.' replied the youth. After a short time. it would be a pity and a shame if such beautiful eyes as these should never see the daylight again. When night was drawing near. and as he was blowing it.' said the hostess. placed the cutting-board and knife beside it.

In the morning the king came. 'Wait. and tried to put it out. his eyes would keep open no longer. 'Very well indeed. and got into it. and a hideous man was sitting in his place. and slept till it was day. 'Oh. and more and more of them came until he could no longer move. 'but go faster. got out and said: 'Now anyone who likes. and said: 'I never expected to see you alive again! Have you learnt how to shudder yet?' 'No.' said he. the bed began to move of its own accord. out from every hole and corner came black cats and black dogs with red-hot chains. and cried: 'Away with you. Some of them ran away. he seized his cutting-knife. 'I will just stoke up the fire a little for you. 'one night is past. and they yelled horribly. who opened his eyes very wide.' Then the king was astonished. Then said he: 'After all it is a pity. 'it is all in vain. but it grew louder and louder.' and began to cut them down.' said he. and once more began his old song: 'If I could but shudder!' When midnight came. but suddenly hop.' answered he. 'I have looked at your fingers. but very glad. 'and my fancy for card-playing has gone. the two others will pass likewise. 'That's right.just show me your paws. half a man came down the chimney and fell before him. I must first cut them for you. he thought the evil spirits had killed him and he was dead. He watched them for a while quietly. and lay on him like a mountain. and was about to sit down again by his fire. and said: 'It has not come to that yet. and asked how he had fared.' and lay down by his fire. 'That is the very thing for me.' Then he went to the innkeeper. When he was just going to shut his eyes. however. and when he saw him lying there on the ground.' The youth heard it.' said he. 'what long nails you have! Wait.' . and he felt a desire to sleep. an uproar and noise of tumbling about was heard. Then he looked round and saw a great bed in the corner. but at last when they were going too far.' and he struck them dead and threw them out into the water. 'Hullo!' cried he. When he came back he fanned the embers of his fire again and warmed himself. But he threw quilts and pillows up in the air. vermin. If someone would but tell me!' The second night he again went up into the old castle. over thresholds and stairs.' Then they stretched out their claws. it turned over upside down. sat down by the fire. and threw out into the fish-pond. And as he thus sat. and the other half fell down likewise. got up.' When he had done that and looked round again. But when he had made away with these two. pulled it to pieces. and at length with a loud scream. may drive. Then it was quiet for a while.' Thereupon he seized them by the throats. at first it was low. there was a roaring and howling. 'another half belongs to this.' said he. and got on his fire. up and down. the two pieces were joined together.' Then the bed rolled on as if six horses were harnessed to it. 'That is no part of our bargain. put them on the cutting-board and screwed their feet fast. the others he killed.' said he.--for so handsome a man. and went over the whole of the castle. This is not enough!' Then the uproar began again.' said he. hop.

and set them up and played at nine-pins with them. covered him over and lay down by him. I shall have to have a say in it.' said he. however. 'If I am to die. After a short time the dead man became warm too. if you have any money.' When it grew late. and began to move. he thought to himself: 'When two people lie in bed together.' 'Not so fast. 'There. and a dead man lay therein. and looked terrible. little cousin. softly. but he remained cold. He lay down and quietly fell asleep. they warm each other. Then came the six men and carried him away again. Then still more men fell down. do not talk so big. I am as strong as you are.' 'I will soon seize you.' 'Money enough.' and went to the fire and warmed his hand and laid it on the dead man's face. He felt his face. He was old. but thrust him off with all his strength. As this also did no good. 'Hurrah! now we'll have fun!' He played with them and lost some of his money. the youth. 'See.' replied the youth.' cried he. 'and have lost a couple of farthings.' 'Have you not shuddered then?' 'What?' said he. six tall men came in and brought a coffin. have I not warmed you?' The dead man.' and he beckoned with his finger. come. that is certainly my little cousin. who died only a few days ago. 'I will warm you a little. 'you shall soon learn what it is to shudder. 'Softly. and shut the lid. Then he said: 'Ha. 'Wait. little cousin.' Then a man entered who was taller than all others. and had a long white beard. however.said the youth. would not allow that. 'You wretch. 'the bench is mine.' 'What!' said he. but when it struck twelve. but he went to it and took the lid off. however. everything vanished from his sight. Next morning the king came to inquire after him.' They placed the coffin on the ground. 'I cannot manage to shudder. ha. can I join you?' 'Yes. but it was cold as ice. 'is that the way you thank me? You shall at once go into your coffin again. Then he took him out. 'I have been playing at nine-pins. Then said the youth. 'I have had a wonderful time! If I did but know what it was to shudder!' The third night he sat down again on his bench and said quite sadly: 'If I could but shudder.' and carried him to the bed.' Then he took the skulls and put them in the lathe and turned them till they were round. The youth also wanted to play and said: 'Listen you. and sat down by the fire and laid him on his breast and rubbed his arms that the blood might circulate again. and perhaps even stronger. they brought nine dead men's legs and two skulls. got up and cried: 'Now will I strangle you. and seated himself again in his own place.' and he took him up. threw him into it.' . 'but your balls are not quite round. 'How has it fared with you this time?' asked he.' replied he.' The man wanted to push him away. now they will roll better!' said he. 'I shall never learn it here as long as I live. one after the other.' he answered.' said the fiend. for you shall die.' said he. and cried: 'Come.

' She went out to the stream which flowed through the garden. The old man placed himself near and wanted to look on.' Then he seized an iron bar and beat the old man till he moaned and entreated him to stop. 'what can it be? My dead cousin was here.' And this at last angered her. his wife was to draw the clothes off him and empty the bucket full of cold water with the gudgeons in it over him. but no one told me what it was to shudder. the other for the king. he shall soon learn what it is to shudder. but howsoever much the young king loved his wife. and shall marry my daughter. that none of the princes who came to ask her in marriage was good enough for her. Then he woke up and cried: 'Oh.' he answered. and felt about. I will let you go--come. the third yours. and went to the other anvil. 'but still I do not know what it is to shudder!' Then the gold was brought up and the wedding celebrated. Then the youth seized the axe. when he would give him great riches. . and the spirit disappeared. and with one blow struck an anvil into the ground. and haughty. 'you have saved the castle. 'one part is for the poor. Her waiting-maid said: 'I will find a cure for him.' said the old man.' said the youth. and she only made sport of them. The old man led him back into the castle. 'Now it is your turn to die. found the way into the room. so that the youth stood in darkness.'We shall see.' In the meantime it struck twelve. split the anvil with one blow. 'Now I have you. took an axe. and slept there by his fire. 'Of these.' said the youth.' said the king. so that the little fishes would sprawl about him.' said he. and however happy he was.' 'Then.' said he. 'If you are stronger. and a bearded man came and showed me a great deal of money down below. and his white beard hung down.' Then he led him by dark passages to a smith's forge. dear wife? Ah! now I know what it is to shudder!' KING GRISLY-BEARD A great king of a land far away in the East had a daughter who was very beautiful. we will try. and had a whole bucketful of gudgeons brought to her. and in a cellar showed him three chests full of gold. he still said always: 'If I could but shudder--if I could but shudder. At night when the young king was sleeping. Next morning the king came and said: 'Now you must have learnt what shuddering is?' 'No. and in it caught the old man's beard. 'I can do better than that. The youth drew out the axe and let him go. but so proud.' 'That is all very well. 'I shall still be able to find my way out.' said he. what makes me shudder so?--what makes me shudder so. and conceited.

ranged according to their rank--kings. and dukes. so she said he was like a green stick. willing or unwilling. and he vowed that. he shall be called Grisly-beard. that I will give you my daughter for your wife. but the king said. 'why did I not marry King Grisly-beard?' 'That is no business of mine. 'You have sung so well. 'Look at him. and she called him 'Wallface. 'I have sworn to give you to the first comer. all had been thine. The first was too fat: 'He's as round as a tub. and took her with him. the parson was sent for. and earls. and when the king heard him. it had all been thine.' The sixth was not straight enough.' 'Ah! unlucky wretch that I am!' sighed she. and asked thither all her suitors. Then the king said.' Then the fiddler went his way. 'Let him come in. that came to the door. 'Whose are these beautiful green meadows?' said she. But the old king was very angry when he saw how his daughter behaved. The fourth was too pale. 'whose is this wood?' 'It belongs to King Grisly-beard. and when he had sung before the king and the princess.' So the king got the nickname of Grisly-beard. that had been laid to dry over a baker's oven. 'It belongs to King Grisly-beard. 'Pray. hadst thou taken him. The next was too short: 'What a dumpling!' said she.' said she. 'They belong to King Grisly-beard.' The fifth was too red. be he prince or beggar. and she was married to the fiddler. When this was over the king said.' 'Ah! wretch that I am!' sighed she. hadst thou taken him.' said she.' 'Ah! unlucky wretch that I am!' said she. she should marry the first man. and as she passed by them she had something spiteful to say to every one. 'Whose is this noble city?' said she. he said. Two days after there came by a travelling fiddler. 'would that I had married King Grisly-beard!' Then they came to a great city. 'his beard is like an old mop. he begged a boon. 'Now get ready to go--you must not stay here--you must travel on with your husband.' So words and tears were of no avail. and knights.' said the fiddler: 'why . and barons. 'hadst thou taken him. 'would that I had married King Grisly-beard!' Next they came to some fine meadows. so she called him 'Coxcomb. And thus she had some joke to crack upon every one: but she laughed more than all at a good king who was there. who began to play under the window and beg alms. and counts. and they soon came to a great wood. they had all been thine.' So they brought in a dirty-looking fellow.' The princess begged and prayed.' said she. Then the princess came in.' answered he.Once upon a time the king held a great feast. and princes. and how she ill-treated all his guests. and they all sat in a row. The next was too tall: 'What a maypole!' said she. and I will keep my word.

and paid their money without thinking of taking away the goods. At first the trade went well. went to buy her wares. for I am very tired. and then her husband bought a fresh lot of ware. Then she began to cry. but the fiddler called her up very early in the morning to clean the house.' But the princess knew nothing of making fires and cooking. You must learn to weave baskets. When they had eaten a very scanty meal they went to bed. 'Wife. 'if any of my father's court should pass by and see me standing in the market. and helped the cook to do all the dirtiest work. where everybody passes? but let us have no more crying. and said she must work. but the threads cut her tender fingers till the blood ran.' 'Alas!' sighed she. so I have been to the king's palace. but it made her fingers very sore. we can't go on thus. but she was allowed to carry home some of the meat that was left. and rode his horse against her stall. I'll try and set up a trade in pots and pans.' Thus the princess became a kitchen-maid. 'you must do for yourself whatever is to be done. for many people.' said the fiddler. Now make the fire. 'What do we want with servants?' said he. and knew not what to do. and brought them home.should you wish for another husband? Am not I good enough for you?' At last they came to a small cottage. Thus they lived for two days: and when they had eaten up all there was in the cottage. 'what will my husband say?' So she ran home and told him all.' 'Where are your servants?' cried she. 'you are good for nothing. and you shall stand in the market and sell them.' Then he went out and cut willows. and on this they lived. seeing such a beautiful woman. and she began to weave. and they say they will take you. and she sat herself down with it in the corner of the market. and broke all her goods into a thousand pieces.' So she sat down and tried to spin. 'to whom does that little dirty hole belong?' Then the fiddler said. and put on water and cook my supper. She had not been there long before she heard that the king's eldest son . how they will laugh at me!' But her husband did not care for that. I see you are not fit for this sort of work. 'I see this work won't do.' said he. if she did not wish to die of hunger. spending money and earning nothing. 'as to put an earthenware stall in the corner of the market. 'What a paltry place!' said she. you can do no work: what a bargain I have got! However. 'Who would have thought you would have been so silly. but a drunken soldier soon came by. perhaps you will do that better. where we are to live. and the fiddler was forced to help her. and there you will have plenty to eat. 'Ah! what will become of me?' said she. 'See now. and asked if they did not want a kitchen-maid. They lived on this as long as it lasted. the man said.' said he: 'try and spin. 'That is your and my house.

Then on the third day. All on a sudden. who was making sport of her. that she wished herself a thousand feet deep in the earth.' But of these also. This lasted for many years. The feast was grand.' said the king. Then everybody laughed and jeered at her. Then she bitterly grieved for the pride and folly which had brought her so low.was passing by. and she was so abashed. all were merry. but he did not come back. he sent for all his huntsmen. and it is time to hold our marriage feast. none came home again. and I only wish that you and I had been of the party. which she put into her basket to take home. and all the pomp and brightness of the court was there. However. and she went to one of the windows and looked out. but they too stayed away. he took her by the hand.' Then the chamberlains came and brought her the most beautiful robes. going to be married. and the next day he sent out two more huntsmen who were to search for him. for she saw that it was King Grisly-beard. Everything was ready. so that the meats in it fell about. he kept fast hold. in came the king's son in golden clothes. they danced and sang. full of all kinds of wild animals. as she was going out. She sprang to the door to run away. 'Fear me not! I am the fiddler who has lived with you in the hut. and said she should be his partner in the dance. but on the steps King Grisly-beard overtook her. and nothing was seen of it. I am also the soldier that overset your stall. but she trembled for fear. and to show you the folly of your ill-treatment of me. The . And the servants gave her some of the rich meats. 'Perhaps some accident has befallen him. and brought her back and said. I have done all this only to cure you of your silly pride. I brought you there because I really loved you. and said: 'Scour the whole forest through. IRON HANS There was once upon a time a king who had a great forest near his palace. and when he saw a beautiful woman at the door. One day he sent out a huntsman to shoot him a roe. but sometimes an eagle or a hawk flying over it. From that time forth. Joy was in every face and every heart. no one would any longer venture into the forest. and led her in. none were seen again. and the cover of the basket came off. and her father and his whole court were there already. and welcomed her home on her marriage. and offered to go into the dangerous forest. Now all is over: you have learnt wisdom. and it lay there in deep stillness and solitude. when an unknown huntsman announced himself to the king as seeking a situation. and do not give up until you have found all three.

but it was gone.' The huntsman replied: 'Lord. who was once playing in the courtyard.' answered the man. And from this time forth everyone could again go into the forest with safety. and went with hasty steps into the forest. She knew nothing about it. I will venture it at my own risk. and whose hair hung over his face down to his knees. When the king came home. 'No. and hurried away. the wild man said: 'Open my door. gave him the golden ball.' Then the wild man said: 'It lies under your mother's pillow. and brought the key. and said to him: 'You will never see your father and mother again. the king has forbidden it. When the wild man had once more reached the dark forest. would not give his consent. I fear it would fare with you no better than with the others. wild man. and the boy pinched his fingers. took him up. and while he was playing. the king. There was great astonishment over the wild man.' and ran away. and you would never come out again. he went back and fetched three men to come with buckets and bale out the water. had him put in an iron cage in his courtyard. and said: 'It is not safe in there. he took the boy down from his shoulder. but they did not find him.' said the boy. The boy ran thither and said: 'Give me my ball out. and asked the queen how that had happened. you can get it there. The king sent out people to seek for him in the fields. On the third day the king had ridden out hunting. who wanted to have his ball back. do not go away. and forbade the door to be opened on pain of death. however. The boy had become afraid. seized it. and drew it under. 'I will not do that. and the queen herself was to take the key into her keeping. however. The door opened with difficulty. his golden ball fell into the cage. but I will keep you with me. She called the boy. he observed the empty cage.' The boy. and wanted to pursue it. and much grief reigned in the royal court. for you have set me free. for I have not the key. . and a naked arm stretched itself out of the water. The next day he again went and asked for his ball. The king had a son of eight years.' 'Not till you have opened the door for me. When they could see to the bottom there lay a wild man whose body was brown like rusty iron. and sought the key. and led him away to the castle. and the boy went once more and said: 'I cannot open the door even if I wished. They bound him with cords. could go no farther. of fear I know nothing. he called and cried after him: 'Oh.' but the boy would not. but no one answered.king. It was not long before the dog fell in with some game on the way. but hardly had the dog run two steps when it stood before a deep pool. Then he could easily guess what had happened. or I shall be beaten!' The wild man turned back. set him on his shoulder. When the huntsman saw that.' The huntsman therefore betook himself with his dog to the forest. When it was open the wild man stepped out. cast all thought to the winds.

looked at the boy. But the time was long to him. and then unhappily a hair fell down into the well. 'I will allow you to watch by it once more. My power is great. If you do all I bid you. I will come every evening to see if you have obeyed my order. 'You have let a hair fall into the well. there you will learn what poverty is. it was of no use. but saw that it was quite gilded. and said: 'Behold. and take care that nothing falls into it. and often saw a golden fish or a golden snake show itself therein. And as he still bent down more and more while he was doing so. In the evening Iron Hans came back." and then I will come and help you. and trying to look straight into the eyes. but the whole of the hair of his head was already golden and shone like the sun.' He made a bed of moss for the boy on which he slept.' The boy placed himself by the brink of the well. and the next morning the man took him to a well. As he was thus sitting. and as I mean well by you. you shall fare well. or it will be polluted. and whatsoever pains he took to wash the gold off again. His finger hurt him again and he passed it over his head. but if this happens for the third time then the well is polluted and you can no longer remain with me.' he answered.' Then the king's son left the forest. Go forth into the world. But he said: 'You have dipped your finger into the water. his long hair fell down from his shoulders into the water. the boy sat by the well. and took care that nothing fell in. in order that the man might not see it. Iron Hans came.' Then the golden hair streamed forth.and I have compassion on you. He drew it quickly out again. greater than you think. but it was already quite gilded. you shall sit beside it. come to the forest and cry: "Iron Hans. this time it may pass. and let the boy excuse himself as he might. 'You have not stood the trial and can stay here no longer. and said: 'Take the handkerchief off. however much it hurt him. and more than anyone in the world.' said he. and already knew what had happened. and held his finger behind his back. But as you have not a bad heart. He took it quickly out. there is one thing I will grant you. and said: 'What has happened to the well?' 'Nothing nothing. all was to no purpose. the gold well is as bright and clear as crystal. and did not stir his finger. He raised himself up quickly.' On the third day. if you fall into any difficulty. his finger hurt him so violently that he involuntarily put it in the water. and he looked at the reflection of his face on the surface of the water. Of treasure and gold have I enough. but take care you do not again let anything go in. When he came he already knew everything. You can imagine how terrified the poor boy was! He took his pocket-handkerchief and tied it round his head. and walked by beaten and unbeaten . that the man might not see it.' By daybreak the boy was already sitting by the well and watching it. and I have gold and silver in abundance.

When he was ascending the stairs with them. Such a thing as that had never yet come under the king's notice. There he looked for work. On the third day things went just the same. I cannot. and seek out the prettiest and rarest. no. The people about court did not at all know what use they could make of him. and will please her better.' 'Oh. and said he might carry wood and water. and asked how he could take such a boy as that into his service. With these he departed. Once when it so happened that no one else was at hand. and it was splendid to behold. however. the cook ordered him to carry the food to the royal table. and he would not have her money. and then his golden hair rolled down on his shoulders. She again gave him a handful of ducats.' He put his cap on with all haste.' When he got into the room.' Then the king had the cook called before him and scolded him. caught at his cap and pulled it off. but he held it fast with both hands. At length the cook took him into his service.' He again said: 'I may not. bring me a wreath of flowers. . had pity on him. and that he was to send him away at once. the day was so warm he took his little cap off that the air might cool him. and gathered wild field-flowers and bound them together. 'the wild ones have more scent. the king's daughter said: 'Take your cap off.' She. and he learnt nothing by which he could help himself. and gave him a handful of ducats.' He answered: 'Ah. but he would not keep them. but she held him by the arm. and cried to him: 'Boy. and asked if they would take him in.paths ever onwards until at length he reached a great city. He wanted to run out. but they liked him. and wanted to take it away from him.' The following day the king's daughter again called to him that he was to bring her a wreath of field-flowers. but he cared nothing for the gold pieces.' replied the boy. they can play with them. Once in summer when he was working alone in the garden. but as he did not like to let his golden hair be seen. and get another. At length he went to the palace. hoe and dig. The cook. he kept his little cap on. and up she sprang to see what that could be. I have a sore head. she instantly snatched at his cap. but could find none. the gardener met him. it is not seemly to keep it on in my presence. she could not get his cap away from him. and he said: 'When you come to the royal table you must take your hat off. He took them to the gardener. I have a bad sore place on my head. and told him to stay. As the sun shone on his hair it glittered and flashed so that the rays fell into the bedroom of the king's daughter. and then he went in with it. and said: 'How can you take the king's daughter a garland of such common flowers? Go quickly. Then she saw the boy. and rake the cinders together. Lord. and bear the wind and bad weather. And now the boy had to plant and water the garden. and gave them to the gardener for playthings for his children. however. and said: 'I present them to your children. and exchanged him for the gardener's boy.

and their swords flashed in the sun.' The others laughed. and said: 'Seek one for yourself when we are gone. but the king did not know. and give me my three-legged horse again. and did not know whether or not he could offer any opposition to the enemy. hobblety jib. it was lame of one foot. and said: 'What do you desire?' 'I want a strong steed. Then the youth galloped thither with his iron soldiers. When the king returned to his palace. 'but a strange knight who came to my assistance with his soldiers. and never stopped. his daughter went to meet him. Then said the gardener's boy: 'I am grown up. and the others have been mocking him. and rode at the head of the soldiers. and it was not long before a stable-boy came out of it.' The daughter wanted to hear who the strange knight was. broke like a hurricane over the enemy. and could hardly be restrained. the country was overrun by war. Perhaps the unknown man will show himself. 'What do you desire?' asked the wild man. he called 'Iron Hans' three times so loudly that it echoed through the trees. mounted the other. and it would have gone badly without me. and still more than you ask for.' She inquired of the gardener where his boy was. and you shall throw a golden apple.' When they had gone forth. 'Take back your horse and your troops. only give me a horse. for I am going to the wars. Instead of returning to the king. too: "Under what hedge have you been lying sleeping all the time?" So he said: "I did the best of all. who was superior in strength and had a mighty army.Not long afterwards. When he came to the outskirts. but the youth pursued. however. and said: 'He has just come home on his three-legged horse. and beat down all who opposed him. The king gathered together his people.' Then the wild man went back into the forest. The youth made over his three-legged horse to the stable-boy.' When the feast was announced.' All that he asked was done. and soon he was riding on his three-legged horse. who led a horse that snorted with its nostrils. the youth went out to the forest. and called forth Iron Hans. and limped hobblety jib. and will go to the wars also. When he got near the battlefield a great part of the king's men had already fallen. until there was not a single man left. and wished him joy of his victory.' said he." And then he was still more ridiculed.' 'That you shall have. They began to flee. he went into the stable. nevertheless he mounted it. and behind them followed a great troop of warriors entirely equipped in iron. and called Iron Hans. Thereupon the wild man appeared immediately. and crying: "Here comes our hobblety jib back again!" They asked. but he smiled. 'I am not the one who carried away the victory. and rode away to the dark forest. we will leave one behind us in the stable for you. and I did not see him again. he conducted his troop by byways back to the forest. and said: 'He followed the enemy. 'What do you desire?' . and led the horse out. and little was wanting to make the rest give way.' The king said to his daughter: 'I will proclaim a great feast that shall last for three days.

he received from Iron Hans a suit of black armour and a black horse. The youth nevertheless escaped from them. and he did not linger an instant. who is your father?' 'My father is a mighty king. 'That I may catch the king's daughter's golden apple.' He gave the order that if the knight who caught the apple. should go away again they should pursue him. but none of them caught it but he. They rode back and announced this to the king. and said: 'That is not allowed. and only came home yesterday evening. Again he was the only one who caught the apple. but his horse leapt so violently that the helmet fell from the youth's head. The king grew angry. and if he would not come back willingly. 'that I owe my thanks to you. and one of them got so near him that he wounded the youth's leg with the point of his sword. and they could see that he had golden hair. took his place amongst the knights.' said Iron Hans. and he was so handsome that all were amazed.' 'It is as safe as if you had it already.' The maiden laughed. 'Yes.' and then she went and . 'and here the apples are.' When the day came. and threw a golden apple to the knights. but galloped off with it. But the king's daughter went up to him and took it off.' The king had him summoned into his presence. and returned them to the king. and then his golden hair fell down over his shoulders.' 'I well see. you may see the wound which your people gave me when they followed me. and gold have I in plenty as great as I require.' said the king. The following day the king's daughter asked the gardener about his boy. But when he was riding off with it. On the third day. he has likewise shown my children three golden apples which he has won.' answered he. and gave him a white horse. The king's daughter came forward. only as soon as he had it he galloped away. Give me your daughter to wife. and he came and again had his little cap on his head. 'He is at work in the garden. but I have already seen by his golden hair that he was no gardener's boy. you are no gardener's boy.' answered he. and ride on a spirited chestnut-horse. he must appear before me and tell his name. they were to cut him down and stab him. On the second day Iron Hans equipped him as a white knight. the king's attendants pursued him. and was recognized by no one. 'If you desire further proof. always in different colours. 'that indeed you can. the youth galloped to the spot. and said: 'He does not stand much on ceremony. 'You shall likewise have a suit of red armour for the occasion. But I am likewise the knight who helped you to your victory over your enemies. 'Are you the knight who came every day to the festival.' 'If you can perform such deeds as that. can I do anything to please you?' 'Yes.asked he. and again he caught the apple. and who caught the three golden apples?' asked the king. tell me. the queer creature has been at the festival too.' and he took them out of his pocket.

and had the same golden hair. 'Before I marry anyone I must have three dresses: one must be of gold. and a stately king came in with a great retinue. embraced him and said: 'I am Iron Hans. like the moon. So the messengers came home. and had had all their trouble for nothing. Now the king had a daughter. but hoped the king would soon give up such thoughts. that we may have a queen. for they had given up all hope of ever seeing their dear son again. but you have set me free. and a third must be dazzling as the stars: besides this. and was by enchantment a wild man.kissed him. 'May I not marry my daughter? She is the very image of my dead wife: unless I have her.' And his daughter was also shocked. But this beautiful queen fell ill. another must be of shining silver. I shall not find any bride upon the whole earth. 'Promise me that you will never marry again. the doors opened. whose queen had hair of the purest gold. 'Heaven forbid that a father should marry his daughter! Out of so great a sin no good can come. however. His father and mother came to the wedding. unless you meet with a wife who is as beautiful as I am. the king must marry again. And when she was grown up. and was so beautiful that her match was not to be met with on the whole face of the earth. another silvery. like the stars: and his hunters were told to hunt out all the beasts in . his wise men said.' CAT-SKIN There was once a king. all the treasures which I possess. 'this will not do. But there was no princess in the world so beautiful. so she said to him. At last. who was just as beautiful as her mother.' And thus she though he would think of the matter no more. she shut her eyes and died. But the king was not to be comforted. shall be your property. like the sun. like the moon.' So messengers were sent far and wide. and said. and if there had been. the king looked at her and saw that she was just like this late queen: then he said to his courtiers.' Then when the king in his grief promised all she asked. and you say there must be a queen. to seek for a bride as beautiful as the late queen. the music suddenly stopped. And as they were sitting at the marriage-feast. to which every beast in the kingdom must give a part of his skin. and when she felt that her end drew near she called the king to her and said. But the king made the most skilful workmen in his kingdom weave the three dresses: one golden. and were in great delight. I want a mantle of a thousand different kinds of fur put together. and for a long time never thought of taking another wife.' When the courtiers heard this they were shocked. like the sun. and a third sparkling. and who has golden hair like mine. He went up to the youth. still there was not one to be found who had golden hair.

Miss Cat-skin. and held out his hand and danced with her. and took three of her trinkets. a golden necklace. but she got up in the night when all were asleep. 'Ah! pretty princess!' thought she. but be back again in half an hour's time. you may go. where no light of day ever peeped in. but there it lies fast asleep. and went into her cabin. you will do for the kitchen.his kingdom.' And the huntsmen went up to the tree. 'Yes. and journeyed on the whole night. the king sent them to her. and do things of that sort. and went away. you can sweep up the ashes.' So the huntsmen took it up. 'May I go up a little while and see what is going on? I will take care and stand behind the door. Then they showed her a little corner under the staircase. As she was very tired. and brought out of it the dress that shone like the sun. sift the ashes. his dogs came to the tree. and washed the soot from off her face and hands. Now as the king to whom the wood belonged was hunting in it. till at last she came to a large wood. to rake out the ashes. 'Yes.' 'See. Thus Cat-skin lived for a long time very sorrowfully. and so went to the feast. and to take the finest fur out of their skins: and thus a mantle of a thousand furs was made. for nobody knew her.' And she was sent into the kitchen.' Then she took her little lamp. 'In the hollow tree there lies a most wonderful beast. 'Look sharp!' said the king to the huntsmen. 'I am a poor child that has neither father nor mother left. pluck the poultry. and we will take it with us. 'what will now become of thee?' But it happened one day that a feast was to be held in the king's castle. But the king came up to her. Then she threw herself upon Heaven for help in her need. to blow the fire. 'Cat-skin. and began to snuff about. and said. and run round and round. its skin seems to be of a thousand kinds of fur. the moon. and . and took off the fur skin. and do all the dirty work. When all were ready. Everyone made way for her. such as we never saw before. and packed the three dresses--of the sun.' So they put her into the coach. a golden ring.' said the king. so she said to the cook. and said. and when they came back again said. pick the herbs. and bark. and they thought she could be no less than a king's daughter. 'if you can catch it alive. you may lie and sleep there. She next opened her nutshell. and besmeared her face and hands with soot. and the stars--up in a nutshell. and made to fetch wood and water. have pity on me and take me with you. and the maiden awoke and was greatly frightened. and took her home to the king's palace. and wrapped herself up in the mantle made of all sorts of fur.' And the cook said. 'and see what sort of game lies there. and a golden brooch.' Then they said. she sat herself down in the hollow of a tree and soon fell asleep: and there she slept on till it was midday. so that her beauty shone forth like the sun from behind the clouds.

The guards that stood at the castle gate were called in: but they had seen no one.' When the dance was at an end she curtsied.' As soon as the cook went away. and he asked him who had cooked the soup. 'Yes. and when it was ready. 'that has lost both father and mother.' Then he answered. and put it into the dish in which the soup was. and to have boots and shoes thrown at my head. no one knew wither. the king went up to her. When she went into the kitchen to her work. and when the dance began he danced with her. and heat the king's soup.he thought in his heart. 'Who are you?' 'I am a poor child. and went into the kitchen to cook the soup. and when the king looked round for her. it was better done than you could do it. she was gone. as nicely as ever she could.' said she. she went and looked in the cabin for her little golden ring.' said she. and began to rake the ashes. After a time there was another feast. When the dance was over. and as he could not make out how it had got there. Then she would not own that she knew anything about the ring. and it pleased him so well. After the dance was at an end she managed to slip out. 'Let that alone till the morning. 'but come again in half an hour. I should like to run up now and give a peep: but take care you don't let a hair fall into it. and said to Cat-skin. 'To tell the truth I did not cook it. At the bottom he saw a gold ring lying. but she sprang into her little cabin. and cook the king the soup that he likes so much. and when she went in. he ordered the cook to be sent for. she got the golden necklace and . 'That is not true. and rejoiced at seeing her again. and made herself into Cat-skin again. pulled off her dress.' answered the cook.' Then he went before the king. and was Cat-skin again. Cat-skin heated the king's soup. and took her dress out which was silvery as the moon. Whilst the cook was above stairs.' 'Then let Cat-skin come up.' 'How came you in my palace?' asked he.' 'But how did you get the ring that was in the soup?' asked the king. But the king said. that she had run into her little cabin. and Cat-skin asked the cook to let her go up and see it as before. blackened her face and hands. or you will run a chance of never eating again. 'I did. 'I never saw any one half so beautiful.' said the king: and when she came he said to her. The cook was frightened when he heard the order. so slyly that the king did not see where she was gone. but Cat-skin did. 'but to be scullion-girl. you will have a good beating. if it be so. the cook said. washed herself quickly. and toasted a slice of bread first. put on the fur-skin cloak. looking like a king's daughter. so the king sent her away again about her business.' said he. and put it on. 'You must have let a hair fall into the soup. the king ordered his soup to be brought in. 'I am good for nothing. The truth was.' Then she ran to her little cabin. that he thought he had never tasted any so good before.

and threw her fur mantle over it. then it was brought to the king. and she could no longer hide herself: so she washed the soot and ashes from her face. But when the king had ordered a feast to be got ready for the third time.' said the cook. but she still told him that she was only fit to have boots and shoes thrown at her head. and the starry dress sparkled underneath it. 'for you always put something into your soup. But the king said. and stayed beyond the half-hour. and a merry day it was. In front of the cottage was a garden wherein stood two rose-trees. Cat-skin. and when she wanted to loose herself and spring away. and soon saw the white finger. who was again forced to tell him that Cat-skin had cooked it. or indeed in any other. so that it pleases the king better than mine. and it pleased him as well as before. who ate it. and went into the ball-room in it. 'You must be a witch. So whilst he was dancing with her. and her golden hair and beautiful form were seen. and sprang so quickly through the crowd that he lost sight of her: and she ran as fast as she could into her little cabin under the stairs. and kept fast hold of it. SNOW-WHITE AND ROSE-RED There was once a poor widow who lived in a lonely cottage. the fur cloak fell off a little on one side. but left one of her fingers white. she put the golden brooch into the dish.' However.dropped it into the soup. so she had not time to take off her fine dress. Cat-skin was brought again before the king. it happened just the same as before. When it was at an end. But this time she kept away too long. and we will never more be parted from each other. he ordered Cat-skin to be called once more. he let her go up as before. and as soon as the cook was gone. 'You are my beloved bride. but she slipped away. Then she put on her dress which sparkled like the stars. so he sent for the cook.' And the wedding feast was held. and cooked the king's soup. he would have held her fast by the hand. and thought she had never looked so beautiful as she did then. one of which bore . he put a gold ring on her finger without her seeing it. Then he got hold of the fur and tore it off. and showed herself to be the most beautiful princess upon the face of the earth. and the ring that he had put on it whilst they were dancing: so he seized her hand. as ever was heard of or seen in that country. and ordered that the dance should be kept up a long time. and in her haste did not blacken herself all over with soot. When the king got to the bottom. and the king danced with her again. Then she ran into the kitchen.

And their mother told them that it must have been the angel who watches over good children. and bolt the door. In the summer Rose-red took care of the house. only Snow-white was more quiet and gentle than Rose-red. She had two children who were like the two rose-trees. And when they looked round they found that they had been sleeping quite close to a precipice. the stag leapt merrily by them. and every morning laid a wreath of flowers by her mother's bed before she awoke. and slept until morning came. and would certainly have fallen into it in the darkness if they had gone only a few paces further. when the snowflakes fell. Snow-white. In the winter Snow-white lit the fire and hung the kettle on the hob. and one was called Snow-white. and when Snow-white said: 'We will not leave each other. but said nothing and went into the forest. And close by them lay a lamb upon the floor. as busy and cheerful as ever two children in the world were. The little hare would eat a cabbage-leaf out of their hands. and sang whatever they knew.' and their mother would add: 'What one has she must share with the other. In the evening. the roe grazed by their side. and behind them upon a perch sat a white dove with its head . and helped her with her housework. and night came on. but came close to them trustfully. and the other Rose-red. and their mother knew this and did not worry on their account. Snow-white and Rose-red kept their mother's little cottage so neat that it was a pleasure to look inside it. in which was a rose from each tree. He got up and looked quite kindly at them.white and the other red roses. Once when they had spent the night in the wood and the dawn had roused them. They were as good and happy. and the birds sat still upon the boughs. No mishap overtook them. and the mother took her spectacles and read aloud out of a large book. if they had stayed too late in the forest. The two children were so fond of one another that they always held each other by the hand when they went out together. they laid themselves down near one another upon the moss.' and then they sat round the hearth. they saw a beautiful child in a shining white dress sitting near their bed. and no beasts did them any harm. and the two girls listened as they sat and spun. Rose-red liked better to run about in the meadows and fields seeking flowers and catching butterflies. The kettle was of brass and shone like gold. but Snow-white sat at home with her mother. the mother said: 'Go.' Rose-red answered: 'Never so long as we live.' They often ran about the forest alone and gathered red berries. so brightly was it polished. or read to her when there was nothing to do.

the bear will do you no harm. and then you will be safe from the cold and the bad weather.' As soon as day dawned the two children let him out. but it was not. dear bear?' asked Snow-white. But the bear began to speak and said: 'Do not be afraid. and by-and-by the lamb and dove came nearer. 'Snow-white. the dove fluttered. children. and only want to warm myself a little beside you. only take care that you do not burn your coat. and Snow-white hid herself behind her mother's bed. When spring had come and all outside was green. and cannot come back for the whole summer. someone knocked at the door as if he wished to be let in. In the winter. and played tricks with their clumsy guest.hidden beneath its wings. come out. 'I must go into the forest and guard my treasures from the wicked dwarfs. and he trotted across the snow into the forest. laid himself down by the hearth. and were not afraid of him. The bear said: 'Here. the lamb bleated. as they were thus sitting comfortably together. But the bear took it all in good part.' 'Where are you going. or they took a hazel-switch and beat him. they are obliged . it must be a traveller who is seeking shelter.' So they both came out. knock the snow out of my coat a little'. it was a bear that stretched his broad. thinking that it was a poor man. Will you beat your wooer dead?' When it was bed-time.' said the mother. and he stretched himself by the fire and growled contentedly and comfortably. Rose-red.' 'Poor bear. The mother said: 'Quick. I will do you no harm! I am half-frozen.' Then she cried: 'Snow-white. and the others went to bed. the bear said one morning to Snow-white: 'Now I must go away. They tugged his hair with their hands. the mother said to the bear: 'You can lie there by the hearth. It was not long before they grew quite at home. so they brought the broom and swept the bear's hide clean. Rose-red. and they got so used to him that the doors were never fastened until their black friend had arrived. then. put their feet upon his back and rolled him about. open the door. children. Rose-red.' Rose-red went and pushed back the bolt. only when they were too rough he called out: 'Leave me alive. Henceforth the bear came every evening at the same time. 'lie down by the fire. when the earth is frozen hard. and when he growled they laughed. and let the children amuse themselves with him as much as they liked. he means well. Rose-red screamed and sprang back. One evening. black head within the door.

and in their caves.' said Snow-white. 'I will help you. but they could not make out what it was. milk-faced things laugh! Ugh! how odious you are!' The children tried very hard. The bear ran away quickly. He glared at the girls with his fiery red eyes and cried: 'Why do you stand there? Can you not come here and help me?' 'What are you up to. As soon as the dwarf felt himself free he laid hold of a bag which lay amongst the roots of the tree. sleek. and it seemed to Snow-white as if she had seen gold shining through it. . 'You senseless goose!' snarled the dwarf. and what once gets into their hands. and the tree closed so quickly that I could not pull out my beautiful white beard. he caught against the bolt and a piece of his hairy coat was torn off. but they could not pull the beard out. The end of the beard was caught in a crevice of the tree. and come out to pry and steal. The little bit of food that we people get is immediately burnt up with heavy logs. little man?' asked Rose-red. When they came nearer they saw a dwarf with an old withered face and a snow-white beard a yard long. so now it is tight and I cannot get away. A short time afterwards the mother sent her children into the forest to get firewood.' said Rose-red. and went off without even once looking at the children. can you not think of something better?' 'Don't be impatient. and the silly. but the cursed wedge was too smooth and suddenly sprang out.' Snow-white was quite sorry at his departure. prying goose!' answered the dwarf: 'I was going to split the tree to get a little wood for cooking. but now. and as she unbolted the door for him.' and she pulled her scissors out of her pocket. it was caught too fast. 'You stupid. grumbling to himself: 'Uncouth people. and everything was going as I wished. and the bear was hurrying out. when the sun has thawed and warmed the earth. and cut off the end of the beard. and lifted it up.to stay below and cannot work their way through. There they found a big tree which lay felled on the ground. and was soon out of sight behind the trees. they break through it. but she was not sure about it. greedy folk. I had just driven the wedge safely in. does not easily see daylight again. and which was full of gold. and close by the trunk something was jumping backwards and forwards in the grass. 'why should you fetch someone? You are already two too many for me. and did not know what to do. Bad luck to you!' and then he swung the bag upon his back. 'I will run and fetch someone. to cut off a piece of my fine beard. and the little fellow was jumping about like a dog tied to a rope. we do not swallow so much as you coarse.

you toadstool. flying slowly round and round above them. went on their way and did their business in town. it sank lower and lower. As soon as the dwarf had recovered from his first fright he cried with his shrill voice: 'Could you not have done it more carefully! You dragged at my brown coat so that it is all torn and full of holes. a moment later a big fish made a bite and the feeble creature had not strength to pull it out. they held him fast and tried to free his beard from the line. As they crossed the heath again on their way home they surprised the dwarf. I cannot let myself be seen by my people. as if it were going to leap in. There was nothing to do but to bring out the scissors and cut the beard. for he was forced to follow the movements of the fish.Some time afterwards Snow-white and Rose-red went to catch a dish of fish. and laces and ribbons. you clumsy creatures!' Then he took up a sack full of precious stones. and without another word he dragged it away and disappeared behind a stone. and was in urgent danger of being dragged into the water. The girls. to disfigure a man's face? Was it not enough to clip off the end of my beard? Now you have cut off the best part of it. The road led them across a heath upon which huge pieces of rock lay strewn about. who by this time were used to his ingratitude. and was going to carry him off. As they came near the brook they saw something like a large grasshopper jumping towards the water. It happened that soon afterwards the mother sent the two children to the town to buy needles and thread. the fish kept the upper hand and pulled the dwarf towards him. 'don't you see that the accursed fish wants to pull me in?' The little man had been sitting there fishing. They ran to it and found it was the dwarf. but it was of little good. who had emptied out his bag of precious stones in a clean spot. When the dwarf saw that he screamed out: 'Is that civil. and slipped away again under the rock into his hole. beard and line were entangled fast together. 'Where are you going?' said Rose-red. and at last settled near a rock not far away. The girls came just in time. but all in vain. whereby a small part of it was lost. I wish you had been made to run the soles off your shoes!' Then he took out a sack of pearls which lay in the rushes. at once took tight hold of the little man. Immediately they heard a loud. They ran up and saw with horror that the eagle had seized their old acquaintance the dwarf. and unluckily the wind had tangled up his beard with the fishing-line. and pulled against the eagle so long that at last he let his booty go. . He held on to all the reeds and rushes. There they noticed a large bird hovering in the air. piteous cry. 'you surely don't want to go into the water?' 'I am not such a fool!' cried the dwarf. full of pity. The children.

wait. I will come with you. what do you want with such a slender little fellow as I? you would not feel me between your teeth. Jacob (1785-1863) and Wilhelm (1786-1859). do not be afraid.' Then they recognized his voice and waited. white and red. 'and I was bewitched by that wicked dwarf. He was still cursing when a loud growling was heard. and his ashen-grey face became copper-red with rage. for mercy's sake eat them!' The bear took no heed of his words. for the bear was already close. who had stolen my treasures. but the bear called to them: 'Snow-white and Rose-red. and every year bore the most beautiful roses. Jacob was a pioneer in the study of German philology. The girls had run away. but gave the wicked creature a single blow with his paw. not completed until a century after their deaths. near Frankfurt. Come. in the German state of Hesse. 'I am a king's son. fat as young quails. But they were best (and universally) known for the collection of over two hundred folk tales they made from oral sources and published in two volumes of 'Nursery and Household Tales' in 1812 and 1814. the beautiful jewels lying there! Grant me my life. look. the tales soon . and he stood there a handsome man. and he did not move again. and Rose-red to his brother. Now he has got his well-deserved punishment. The evening sun shone upon the brilliant stones.' he said.and had not thought that anyone would come there so late. they glittered and sparkled with all colours so beautifully that the children stood still and stared at them. clothed all in gold. and when he came up to them suddenly his bearskin fell off. I will give you all my treasures. and although Wilhelm's work was hampered by poor health the brothers collaborated in the creation of a German dictionary. and both studied law at Marburg University. were born in Hanau. and they stood before her window. She took the two rose-trees with her. spare me. I have had to run about the forest as a savage bear until I was freed by his death. take these two wicked girls. and their collection was first published with scholarly notes and no illustration. but he could not reach his cave. Although their intention was to preserve such material as part of German cultural and literary history. ***** The Brothers Grimm. Snow-white was married to him. Throughout their lives they remained close friends. Then in the dread of his heart he cried: 'Dear Mr Bear. 'Why do you stand gaping there?' cried the dwarf. The old mother lived peacefully and happily with her children for many years. and they divided between them the great treasure which the dwarf had gathered together in his cave. they are tender morsels for you. and a black bear came trotting towards them out of the forest. The dwarf sprang up in a fright.

selecting about fifty stories 'with the amusement of some young friends principally in view.came into the possession of young readers. ...' They have been an essential ingredient of children's reading ever since. who made the first English translation in 1823. The End. This was in part due to Edgar Taylor.

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